Each poker game is different and each poker table of opposition has different challenges, sometimes you should play tight and sometimes you should loosen up a bit. But, what percentage of hands should you chase ahead of the flop? For the purpose of common sense lets presume we get dealt a fair cross-section of cards, cos obviously if you get dealt Pocket Cowboys (Kings) followed by Pocket Rockets (Aces) you should be playing 100% of your hands, and NEVER change your underwear cos they are the luckiest pants EVER!
Back in the real world, the answer is a bit trickier and there’s not a simple number answer. The joy of poker is that it’s not like reading off a cheat sheet, y’know those annoying cards they hand out in casinos telling how you should play each permutation of cards at blackjack, I’m sure they have a proper name (but let’s call them the thief of fun, for people you are bad at simple maths). Poker is a complex sport and it’s up to you to make the tough calls and play your cards as if your livelihood depends on it (maybe some day it will).
Curiosity may well have killed a cat once and given birth to an old saying, but curiosity has busted plenty of poker players. If you find yourself turning into a real Calling Station (that’s someone who calls in on anything and nothing) you’ll find yourself scratching your legs through empty pockets faster than you can say, “With God as my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”
Or you could save the Vivian Leigh hysterics and just play a little smarter.