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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

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...

Moving from $.50/1 to $1/2

The play here isn’t too much different. After playing 10,000-15,000 hands of .5/1, you should be more than bankrolled to play at the $1/2 limit. document.write(BwinPokerA);document.write(BwinPokerB); players are a mixture of loose/tight players but they all play...

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...

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...

Limit vs No Limit Texas Holdem Poker

Limit Texas Holdem vs. No Limit Texas Holdem – the debate goes on. Which game should you master? Well, everyone here at FTR has their own opinion. We have very skilled and profitable players profiting from both forms of the game. I have my opinion too, and No Limit...

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 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.

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.

Playing in Tough Limit Holdem Games

As a low stakes limit Hold’em player looking to progress towards higher stakes, you are going to encounter some very aggressive games and some very strong players. There are clear indications now that value in middle limit is drying up or has already dried up. A...

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...

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.

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.

Playing Overcards in Limit Hold’em: Part 1

This first hand takes place in a $5-$10 full-ring game on Pokerloco. One player had limped in and I held the Ah-Qd and raised from middle position. The button cold called the raise behind me and everyone else folded except the original limper who called. Before we...

Limit Holdem Goals

Making goals in Limit Holdem is very important in order to progress your game. Your goal for these microlimit Holdem poker games shouldn’t be to get rich quick, because it WON’T happen. You are here to learn the game and deal with the bad beats and...