Limit Strategy

If you’re already familiar with the rules of Limit Hold’em, it’s time to talk about the basic strategy that will make your game more profitable. Many poker fans love to play the game in Limit, for the simple reason that one can not bet all their chips at any time. What limit you decide to play when first starting out depends on your skill level and the size of your bankroll, but we advise you to choose a limit game where you have at least 250 big bets in your bankroll, which should be sufficient at almost any fixed limit level you play.

So, if you decide to play at the micros $0.01/$0.02, you must have at least $5, in a $0.50/$1 you need $250 in your bankroll. You may think it’s too much, but actually you will be protected from the inevitable downswings and won’t be playing constantly in fear always thinking about the money you’re betting. A sufficient bankroll is necessary so you can take risks and continue to play and not worry about the fact that when you lose there will be more money.

When you start to play in these low stakes fixed limit games, you may feel that some players are too aggressive and too loose and often make unjustified decisions. But these are the players you want to play against and if you expect to earn money playing limit hold’em, such a “wild” game will seem unusual only in the beginning.

If you are just a beginner limit player, then you should not play in the same manner. Playing tighter in the correct poker strategy, or playing ABC poker as it is called. Just play good starting hands and do not get involved in unjustified raising wars.

When playing at a full ring table with 9 or 10 players, you should expect to play only good hands. Below are the different combinations of starting hands with which you can raise pre-flop, depending on your position at the table.

Early Position – AA-QQ, AK

Middle Position – AA-TT, AJ+, KQ

Late position – AA-88, A9+, KJ+

Remember, if you play in late position, you can raise a wider range of hands if the action has folded around to you, because in such a situation, the players who might call will be out of position in future streets, giving you a significant advantage in the hand. You do want to limit your blind stealing when playing against opponents who have shown a tendency to defend their blinds. It’s good to have position when when called but the goal with blind steal is to take down the pot before the flop.

If several players have entered the pot, you should also limp in with a wider variety of hands, but raise your strong hands. Small pairs such as 22-44 does not give you much of an advantage of winning over your rivals, but if you call and on the flop hit a set, you will have a very strong hand that you can start building a big pot with. Suited connectors such as Jc10c and similar starting hands have quite a lot of potential to make straights or flushes and winning big pots, but you should look to play them when you are involved in a pot with many players, as you will be getting good pot odds to make the call a profitable one.

You should now have some idea of what ​​starting hands you should play in limit hold’em poker games and from what position. Now let’s talk about how to build a strategy for playing after the flop. If you have a small pocket pair that hasn’t improved, you should not continue on the flop, you can easily get away from your hand. If you have unpaired pre-flop cards that pair up on the flop, then it is advisable that you evaluate the strength of your hand. If you have top pair which you believe to be the best hand, then you should bet or raise, but if you have middle pair it’s a bit of a trickier situation. Against only one other player, it’s still likely you have the best hand, so rarely should you be check/folding on the flop.

With playing drawing hands such suited connectors the best you can hope for is flops that come with two cards of your desired suit or two cards that give you a straight draw, such as a flop of 8-9-4 when you have Jc10c. After the turn the bets are doubled and if you make your draw you have the best hand. You can continue the betting or you can wait until one of the opponents will bet and raise maximize your profits.

Also, if you’re in position after the flop and you raised pre-flop with a draw hand, you still have the advantage, because if all players checked around to you, if there is only one or two opponents, there is a good chance they’ve also missed, and you can think about making a positional bluff.