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Poker Strategy: Limit Hold’em

Strategy articles that help you bet, raise, 3-bet, and cap your bets.

Limit Hold’em

Long before No Limit Hold’em became all the rage, the Limit tables were where savvy cardsharks plied their trade. Newcomers think that this game is easy because you can’t lose your whole stack in one hand, but those in the know realize that proper LHE strategy is complex and challenging to master. We’ve covered all the basic tips and tricks that you need to know, both preflop and post, like stealing blinds, raising to clean up your outs, the free card play, when to slowplay and when to come out betting, the uses of the check-raise, and more. Limit Hold’em is a tough battle because you have to strive and fight for every big bet you win. Don’t handicap yourself through ignorance – read through the articles below to give yourself the best possible chance of prevailing against the other players.

Featured Limit Hold’em Articles

Planning Your Moves in Limit Hold’em

In Limit Hold’em, you’ll be seeing more showdowns than you would in No Limit poker. This means that you should carefully consider your ranges preflop by judging your hand’s showdown value when deciding whether or not to fold, cold-call, open-raise, or three-bet.

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Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 1)

Ok, to start this off, I figured it would be a good idea to give a little background about myself.  I was a 2nd year law student at the University of Wisconsin when the poker boom began in 2003.  Like many young(ish) males at the time, I got caught up in the wave of...
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Why You Suck At Limit Holdem

It’s common for beginning players to perform poorly at the poker tables. Some of the errors frequently displayed by novice Limit Hold’em players include playing too many hands, cold-calling with inferior holdings, folding good hands to a single bet on the river and more.

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Pot Equity Edge (LHE)

In Limit Hold’em, you’ll often have a pot equity edge, even with less than 50% equity, if there are many players in the hand. If you can get them to keep putting chips in the pot, you should probably raise with such an edge. If some of them will fold, though, you should probably just call.

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Most Recent Limit Hold’em Articles

chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Hold’em (part 12)

Betting for value is critical in any small-stakes, live Limit Hold’em cash game. We’ll look at an example hand, changing a few variables around, to see under what circumstances we have a clear bet for value. It’s important to keep making correct bets and raises without being results-oriented.

chardrian’s Guide to Live Smallstakes Limit Hold’em (Part 11)

When drawing at hands in Limit Hold’em, you need to consider not just your pot odds, but your implied odds as well. This means that you’ll have to estimate how likely it is that your opponents give you action after you make your hand. Don’t use this as an excuse to draw against terrible odds.

chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 10)

When playing live Limit Texas Hold’em, you’ll need to know how many outs you have when drawing. Sometimes, this is easy, but if your outs are not to the nuts, you’ll need to learn how to estimate and discount them. Don’t forget to include your backdoor draws.

Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Limit Poker (Part 9)

In live, low-stakes Limit Hold’em games, you’ll want to pay careful attention to the size of the pot. Postflop, you’ll need to know what pot odds you’re facing whenever you’re considering making a call. Be sure to know how much equity you need to call a given bet size.

Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Limit Poker (Part 8)

When playing Limit Hold’em, it’s important not to play too many hands. You’ll want to carefully consider your raising and limping ranges depending on the tendencies of the other players. There’s no use bluffing preflop — you should enter the pot with solid value.

Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Holdem (Part 7)

When sitting in the blinds in Limit Hold’em poker games, you’ll be getting a substantial discount to play your hand. This doesn’t mean that you should play any two cards. You still need to consider how your hand’s equity fares against your opponents’ ranges.

Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 6)

Small broadway hands are sometimes playable in Limit Hold’em. Suitedness greatly increases their playability, and there are many cases where you should fold them if unsuited. Small pocket pairs should be played almost exclusively for set value, which means you want a multiway pot.

Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Poker (Part 4)

It is finally time to start getting to the nitty gritty.  My previous posts have dealt more with getting you psychologically prepared for the game, and that is a very important part of the game, but most people reading this are likely to be more interested in finding...

Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 3)

COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF A SMALL STAKES GAME The most common characteristics of a small stakes game are that the players will be loose and passive. Most of the players will believe that luck is a more important factor in the game then skill; and most of the players...

Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 2)

In my last post I gave an introduction of who I am and how I got to playing live small stakes limit poker.  In this post I want to just jump into my actual guide of how to play.  The best place to start is just in the basics. THE RAKE My local casino does not offer a...

Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 1)

Ok, to start this off, I figured it would be a good idea to give a little background about myself.  I was a 2nd year law student at the University of Wisconsin when the poker boom began in 2003.  Like many young(ish) males at the time, I got caught up in the wave of...

The Best Time to Bluff

Ever wonder what differentiates good bluffs from bad ones? This article explains the conditions that are the most ideal for you to pull off a bluff and the situations in which you’re least likely to succeed at bluffing. Your playing image and other factors determine when bluffing is a wise move.

Bluffing on the flop in low-stakes limit

One of the hallmarks of a good solid reg is the ability to be precise with bluffing at all stages of the hand. In heads up and three way situations precise bluffing can significantly add to a player’s bottom line. You need to be on the lookout for opportunities...