I LIVE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. I CONSIDER MYSELF AN AMATEUR PLAYER.LOOKING TO BOOST MY GAME.DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET LIVE TRAINING FOR NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLDEM?
The BEST thing that you can do is to develop a good "range" (range = every hand you would play) preflop from each position and remember that if you are the first person in a pot, you ALWAYS* want to raise. There are several ways to do this, but it largely comes down to memorizing hands. I happen to like using an equity calculator -- software that runs simulations of hands and allows you to see how much equity you have in against other hands. The one I use is a free program called "equilab", which you can find online. That software comes with a couple of preflop ranges built into it. Those are good starting points and you can play around with them to see what best suits you. I actually played around with some of the ranges in the equilab software to see how a range fared against specific hands and selected ranges for my opponents. I think that is a good second step to learning to play well preflop -- but you should memorize or at least mostly memorize a preflop range from each position first.
Learning to play well preflop is a critical foundation to a good poker player's game. It keeps you out of a lot of "trouble" spots where you have a good but easily dominated hands (like A-10 offsuit from early position) that can cost you a lot of money.
Also, by consistently raising when you are the first in a pot, you put pressure on your opponents and help to better define their hand ranges because they can't just cheaply limp in with any 2 cards. Defining your opponent's ranges allows you to make more good decisions after the flop because you can more easily narrow down what hands your opponents could possibly have. It won't be a perfect read because everyone, especially recreational players, plays differently; but you will have fewer real surprises on later streets.
*Note: if you are playing online and can't chop pots, then you can consider limping from the small blind, but otherwise you should raise when you are first in a pot preflop,
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