Limit vs. No Limit Texas Holdem
Texas Holdem is by far the most widely played and most enjoyed poker game. People around the world are hypnotized by the exciting game play, and captivated audience members watch in awe.
What makes Hold’em such an interesting game to not only play but also be a spectator to is the two different varieties of game play. These two variations concern the stakes at hand and are most commonly known as No-Limit Hold’em and Limit Hold’em.
Most beginners dont realize how different the two variations of play are and many of them make the mistake of thinking if there are good at one, they will be just as good at the other. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Strategies between the two variations differ immensely and in order to succeed in Limit or No-Limit Hold’em one must come to terms with these differences.
What is Limit Texas Hold’em exactly? Limit Hold’em is a variation of the popular game of Texas Hold’em where the betting stakes have a limit to them. Although this seems pretty obvious many novice players become confused when they hear this. Essentially there is a limit to the amount of money a player can put in the pot per single bet. This differs depending on the rules, but some common stakes are $2-$4, $30-$60, and $60-$125.
Now that the basic concepts of Limit Hold’em has been explained, its time to learn the main aspects of strategy behind the madness. In Limit Texas Hold’em the pots are usually drawn out until the river card. Seldom are players able to steal a pot from an opposing player with a bluff. This occurs so rarely because with a limit, it is difficult for a player to make a threatening bet since the amount he can wager has been restricted.
Many players who are accustom to the No-Limit ways use bluffing regularly to win pots; however, as soon as they switch over to Limit they attempt to bluff only to be called and lose a huge pot. This is a common mistake for a No-Limit player to make when playing a game foreign to them like Limit Hold’em.
The reason for the longer played pots is the basic strategy behind Limit Hold’em which is to play more solid hands. Limit Hold’em is more of a game of mechanical structure. When I say that, I mean that it’s a game based more around sound, structured strategy centered around a solid hand rather then any trick plays such as bluffing.
Like I said earlier, it is very difficult to bluff in Limit and because of that it usually is the most solid hand that wins. That’s not to say that Limit Hold’em is purely a game of luck, but what it means is you need to be able to establish a strong understanding of what starting hands have the most potential, and how probability works.
The last main difference in strategy between Limit Hold’em and No-Limit Holdem is the importance of position. As I will later describe, position is vital is No-Limit, while it is merely a slight advantage in Limit. You can still use position to your benefit in Limit; however, it will not hold as much importance as it does in No-Limit Hold’em.