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Limit Vs No-Limit Holdem

Aug 17, 2007
Though poker has standard rules that are often followed in the different types of games, there are differences in the way each poker variant is played. Players can incorporate different strategies for the different variants, but the objectives remain the same. You place a bet and the player with the best hand wins.

In some games, a limit is placed on betting, while in others, this limit is removed. This serves to further the options for each player. Knowing the rules and actions that can be taken is crucial to your playing a good game.

Limit Hold'em poker is one such variant of the game. This type of poker game has fast become one of the most popular games played in casinos across the United States, and is also very popular in online poker rooms.

Limit vs No-limit hold'em

Limit strategy is quite different from no-limit strategy. When playing limit poker, the bets are set at a fixed amount, and are generally very small when compared to the pot. Because of this, calling or making an extra bet is not nearly as big a deal in limit as it can be for no-limit'. With no-limit poker, players can bet as much as they want, so that the bets you make can be large in relation to the pot. Below are pointers to keep in mind when making the transition from playing limit to no-limit.

Limit poker is much easier to learn than no-limit, making it ideal for beginners. The reason it is advised that beginners not start out playing no-limit games is because beginners are often prone to make huge, disastrous mistakes playing it that will wind up costing them a lot of money. In limit, since the bets aren't as large, these aren't as big a deal when first starting out.

Avoiding the second best hand is more important in no-limit poker. Although you will likely lose the pot, the sizes of the bets aren't that huge when compared to the pot. Also, in no-limit poker, possessing the second best hand is deadly. You will want to build the near-nut or nut hand at no-limit, not merely good hands.

Because of this, pocket pairs and drawing hands go up in value. Here, you gain the potential to hit a set or a straight/flush. You can then bet these hands confidently and often win a lot of money from those with the second best hands.

Draws and implied odds are more important at no-limit. One common complaint of limit players is a player with a long shot draw beat them on the river. This is because players often have odds to call such long shot draws at limit, but it becomes more complicated at no-limit poker.

Before you begin playing no-limit games, be sure you understand the rules and strategies of the type of poker you are playing. If you are uncertain, or feel you may still be making mistakes that could cost you, stick to playing limit until you feel more comfortable.
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