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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

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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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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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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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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Most Recent Limit Hold’em Articles

Hyper’s 6-Max Limit Hold’em Guide

Just as a counterargument to the 1bb an hour on the main page, it is true that in limit you cannot make as much as NL. However, I find the advantages of limit make in a viable choice over NL for many people. For one, limit is all about making the decision with the...

Moving from $1/2 to $2/4

Although you have the bankroll, you may not decide to move up just quite yet, which is more than understandable. However, there are two reasons in doing so: First: The players play just as bad at $2/4 as they do in $1/2. In essence, the same quality play will net you...

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.

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...

Small Stakes Limit Holdem Theorems

“Poker is a game of cards, people and position” – Multiple sources “There is nothing you can do about the cards” – Multiple sources Consider that playing cards well will only get you so far if your ultimate goal is to score as many points as possible. If I’m...

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 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.

3-Betting an Apparent Stealer in Limit Hold’em

With most forms of poker, your play in and around the blinds will often define what type of success you have. This is simply because of the positional importance in all forms of poker. However, In a way, limit hold’em places a greater need for sound play in and...

Building Your Bankroll & Moving Up

So you don’t have $150 to start playing. You’ve already lost money and if you deposit any more money in your poker account your Wife/Girlfriend/Mother is going to kill you. Don’t worry! You can still play for real money. Some sites offer a promotion...

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...

Choosing Your Stakes at Limit Hold’em

In this article I would like to discuss just what you can expect to find at various levels these days at six handed limit. Gone are the old days when a good strong solid player could make a living playing $20-$40 online with just the rudiments of the game as a weapon....

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.

Moving from $.25/.50 to $.50/1.00

After making 300 BB at $.25/.5 (or you have $300, both will work), then you should move to $.5/1. You need to play the $.5/1 at document.write(FullTiltA);document.write(FullTiltB); until you have reached $500 in your account, essentially 200 BB over the minimum. If...

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 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.