Poker Strategy: Limit Hold’em
Strategy articles that help you bet, raise, 3-bet, and cap your bets.
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.
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In brick-and-mortar Limit Hold’em ring games, you’ll often have an equity edge preflop even with an unmade hand. In these spots, you have to be prepared to make the +EV decision and raise. You’re leaving too much money on the table if you just call in these situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big broadway hands are valuable in Limit Hold’em because of the chance of dominating an opponent who is playing worse hands. Suitedness adds to their value. Medium pocket pairs are also usually worth playing despite being often difficult to play properly.
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