A few years back ILoveTacos created a wonderful thread where he played down at various levels, and looked at how profitable he’d been, and gave some great insights into his approach to the game. Here, beginning tomorrow (January 18th, 2021), I thought I’d try something similar, and work my way up through the various levels of no-limit hold’em, and try out a different simple strategy at each level.
I invite others to try out other strategies and post their results with those strategies. At the lowest levels, I’ll keep the strategies painfully basic, so that a few simple rules entirely define my play, and then I will gradually adopt approaches that will be a bit more time consuming to describe. At each level and with each strategy, we’ll see what my win rate is in big blinds per 100 hands (bb/100). I’d love to hear if an equally simple strategy is able to fair better over a statistically significant number of hands.
It would probably be best if I gave each strategy at least 10,000 hands, to give time for volatility to have less impact on the results, and make it easier to compare the different strategies, but I’m unlikely to be that patient. That said, I think I’ll try to give each at least 1,000 hands.
At the lowest levels, I’ll announce the strategy I’ll be using in advance, giving people a chance to develop exploitative counter strategies against me if they’d like. This probably works against the goal of truly testing the merits of each strategy… but oh well, it seems fun. So tomorrow’s super simple poker strategy, to be executed on multiple tables on 1/2 no-limit (probably 9-max tables):
- AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT, AK, AQs: go all in preflop every time
- 99, 88, 77, AQ, AJs: go all in preflop if you think you will be heads up post flop a majority of the time, and fold when you think you’ll mostly get 2 or more callers, or if you are already facing a 4 bet or more
- big blind play with hands not defined above: go all in with any hand that beats AA post flop, and fold otherwise if facing a bet