Ever since the 2003 poker explosion Fixed-Limit poker has taken a back seat to action-heavy and TV-friendly No-Limit. But even though Limit poker’s not as popular as it once was, it’s still very much a force in the poker world. All poker variations can be played with a Limit betting structure whereas not all games work as well played as No-Limit.
General popularity aside, Limit poker is the ideal betting structure for beginners to become acquainted with poker. Limit is more based on math and logic than psychology which allows players with less experience to play a more solid game from the get-go.
Every Bet Counts in Limit Poker Online
The most notable advantage of Limit for beginner players is a dramatically decreased loss rate. You just can’t lose your chips as quickly in a Limit game as you can in No-Limit. In No-Limit your mistakes are amplified without a concurrent boost to your results – especially if you’re a beginner.
Limit allows for a more consistent, gradual learning curve and lets you see and play far more hands of judi bandarq online with a significantly lowered amount of risk. The first thing you need to understand about betting in a Fixed-Limit game is that every bet, even if it may seem insignificant, counts.
There’s a lot more to be said on this, but rather than rewriting advice available elsewhere click through to this article which goes into the subject in depth.
Limit Odds Are in Your Favor
The absolute worst pot odds you will ever be offered (post-flop) in a Limit game will be 2-1 on your money and it’s only possible in a very specific scenario. More often than not a player will receive 3-1 or better at any given point. The reason for this is simple:
In a $2/$4 Limit game the big blind is $2. Let’s say all players fold to the small blind, who limps. The big blind checks and we go to the flop ($4 in the pot).
The small blind bets out on the flop ($2). This gives the big blind 3-1 odds to call ($6-$2). A player will receive 2-1 odds only if both players would have checked on the flop.
In this scenario, with the small blind betting out on the turn ($4), the big blind is now looking at paying $4 for a pot of $8, or 2-1 odds. As soon as you have more players in the hand the odds increase. 3-1 and the rare 2-1 are the absolute worst odds you can ever get in a Limit game.
Limit Hold’em is a Game of Draws
Much more than in No-Limit or even Pot-Limit, drawing is a very large part of the game in Fixed-Limit. Since a hand such as a flush or an open-ended straight draw is in the neighborhood of 2-1 to complete (from the flop to the river), you literally always have the odds to draw to your hands on the flop.
If you went to the flop heads-up and still only have your 8- or 9-out draw, on the turn you will no longer be getting correct odds to chase if your opponent bets. Even though you’ll still be getting 3-1 on your money your odds of hitting your draw have dropped to as low as 6-1.
If you have a third player in the hand, on the turn you’ll be offered 4-1 or even 5-1 odds if that third player calls before you in the hand. For a flush draw 5-1 odds mean you’ll just about break even.
If you can occasionally pick up a bet on the river you’ll make some money in the long run.
The key concepts you should take away here are that every bet counts in Limit and that your opponents will almost always have the odds to draw to hands.
Unlike in No-Limit, where you can make a point of trying to win every hand you play, as a Limit player you must accept the fact that many pots will be won and lost to draws – both legitimate and backdoor.
To be a winning Limit player you must make sure that you always have the correct odds when you choose to draw and that you charge your opponents the maximum to draw against you. Minimize your losses, maximize your wins and laugh your way to the bank in the long run.
How to Make Good Pot-Limit Bets
If Limit is a primarily mathematical pot odds game and No-Limit is a primarily read-based implied odds game, Pot-Limit is somewhere in the middle.
By forcing players to bet at or below the amount of the pot you reduce the percentage of implied odds while still allowing for a reduction of straight pot odds as well.
The dynamics of Pot-Limit place it in between Limit and No-Limit as a poker variant – but a bit closer to No-Limit. For example if you’re making a bet into multiple players on the turn in a Limit game it will be impossible not to give your opponents overwhelming pot odds.
If four players all see a turn, with only one person betting and the other three players calling the whole way, a bet on the turn will give your opponents 5-1 odds. (In a $2/$4 Limit game there would be $16 in the pot + $4 bet, for $20-$4 odds.)
If any raises have been made along the way it’s not uncommon to be offered 10-1 or greater odds in a Limit game.
In a No-Limit game of the same blinds it would be possible to bet your entire stack into a $16 pot, giving odds of $216-$200 – barely more than 1-1. This is why No-Limit is considered an implied odds game.
In Pot-Limit, the same scenario would allow you to make a maximum bet of $16. This would give your opponents 2-1 odds ($32-$16) to make the call. As you can see, the odds are between those in Limit and No-Limit, although much closer to No-Limit than to the middle.