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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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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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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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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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Most Recent Limit Hold’em Articles

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.

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...

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 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.

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 Conclusion

If I haven’t mentioned these points, then add them to the list on things to know: 1. Always play within your bankroll. 2. Only play games in which you are comfortable playing. 3. Don’t try to play opponents better than you. Find the players worse than you...

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...

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...

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.

Moving Up in Low Stakes from $.05/.10 to $.25/.50

Ideally, this is where you should start playing. The levels before this are pretty useless other than the experience you get by playing the hands. This is where you really need to work on your strategies and learn to play poker more aggressively. You have the general...

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.

Before Moving to $3/6

This section will go over some very popular, yet still very profitable ‘plays’ that you should do (and will see) against opponents. I recommend you study these plays – how to use them to your advantage, how to recognize them when they happen, and how...

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.

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....