Texas Holdem Poker Advice - Limit Texas Hold'em
Limit Texas Hold'em Top Advice
- Play only premium starting hands: in a regular game you should see no more than 20-25% of the flops.
- Table selection: beware of tight/aggressive tables (low profit, high volatility) and avoid strong players overall as they will "read you and take your money". Look for loose games where at least 30% see the flop on average and play their hands too far.
- Make sure to have pot odds when you are drawing: only call a bet if the pot justifies the call see: Texas Holdem pot odds.
- Always analyze your relative strength in the hand: make a habit of always anticipating the holdings of your opponents and be sure to further evaluate as more information is revealed in later rounds. You will never be truly successful unless you "get under the skin" of your opponents.
- Try to remember the playing styles of your opponents: questions you should ask yourself include, what kind of hands do they raise with? What hands do they re-raise with? Do they call all the way with weak holdings? How do they play pocket- pairs? How do they play their draws? What kinds of hands do they call/raise with from early position? What type of hands do they check-raise with?
- Bet or raise when warranted - do not just call: the structure of Limit Texas Hold'em invites drawing hands, which might even bet into you. If you believe you have the best hand you should almost always bet/raise. You do not want to give any free cards.
- Always have a good kicker: you must have a good side card, or kicker, to your highest card. (Weak kickers create second-best hands, which prove expensive in the long run).
- Be quick to steal pots when you are in late position: when few players are in and it has been checked around to you, a possibility of taking the pot in last or late position might arise. Only do this if it looks as though the board did not benefit anyone. Also, be sure to consider the type of players left in the pot.
- Vary your play: occasionally limp on "raising hands" and bet/raise on some "calling hands". Do this both before and after the flop in order to avoid predictability in your playing style.
- Fold in time: you will save money if you fold in time. Do not draw when you know you are beat and the pot does not warrant a call.
- Rarely bluff: you must be quite sure that your opponents are not holding strong hands and/or are very weak when you attempt to bluff.
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Fixed Limit Texas Hold'em Common Mistakes
- Playing too many starting hands see Limit Texas Holdem Starting Hand Guide.
- Calling too much with trap hands (see Trap Hands).
- Not folding with modest holdings, such as top-pair with a weak kicker or middle- pair (fold or raise is often the best play in these cases).
- Not raising with premium holdings thus letting too many drawing hands in on the flop.
- Drawing for cards that are likely to give you a second-best hand. For example, the flop is 10-8-5 and you hold K5. If someone bets and a few players call, including you, and you then hit a K on the turn, this card could potentially give someone holding a KT or K8 a bigger two-pair.
- Paying exclusive attention to your own game and not that of your opponents. How many players took the flop? Has someone raised pre-flop? What type of players are left in the pot? These are all questions to consider during play.
- Not aggressive enough on the flop (take initiative) and turn (to follow through/protect hand)(see Check-Raise).
- Calling all the way to the river without proper pot odds (see Pot Odds).
- Calling too much instead of raising when you have the best hand.
- Bad table selection.
- Not having enough bankroll to play at a certain limit, thus making going broke a great possibility (you need approximately 300 times the big bet for optimal play).