Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Why No-Limit Poker is Better Than Limit


If you are a tight-aggressive player, you need to consider playing No-Limit Hold 'em if you aren't already. With proper play, not only can you expect to increase your hourly win rate, but you can make it much more difficult for your opponents to draw out on you.

First of all, let's explain the fundamental differences between Limit and No-Limit. In Limit Hold 'em, you can only raise the amount of the big blind and most cardrooms and online poker rooms will cap the betting at 3 raises. In No-Limit Hold 'em, the only betting rule is that the minimum be at least the size of the big blind. You can bet your whole stack if you want to.

Sure, it takes more knowledge, experience, and courage to play No-Limit (NL) well, but it will pay off for you if you play it right.

To get you started, the standard raise in NL is 3-4 times the big blind. After the flop, a good bet to make when you have a strong hand is about the size of the pot. If you're looking for information on the flop, you might consider a bet of 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the pot. You also might consider making only a small bet if you're holding a monster hand and want to get called. Or you could always check-raise in that situation. Also be aware that the value of drawing hands that play well in limit games like K-J suited goes way down in NL play. Better hands to have are big pocket pairs or suited connectors.

So, why is it better to play NL? Simple: It's much easier to make a lot more money. Playing NL, you can afford to play only your strong hands. For example, in a two hour poker session you can play only one good hand and still make good money. You can more than double your stack on any given hand. In Limit poker, you have to constantly be winning pots to come out ahead. The blinds come around too quickly to sit on your hands. You have to work hard, play for a long time, and play your best game at all times to make good money at Limit poker.

Think about this: Most good poker authors will tell you that a good Limit player can expect to make about one big blind per hour. So, in other words, you can expect to make $10 an hour at a Limit $5/10 game if you play it right. On the other hand, if you buy-in for $500 at a $5/10 NL game, go all-in on your first hand with pocket Aces, get called by one opponent with pocket Kings and he doesn't improve, you've just won another $500 without breaking a sweat. That's an average of 50 hours of Limit gameplay.

Also, you can make your drawing opponents always go against the odds. In NL, you control the pot odds that your opponent is getting. If you see two suited or connecting cards on the board, betting the size of the pot into one opponent will make them go against the odds to draw. Sure, they're still going to hit their draws occasionally, but at least you made it a bad play for them to do so.

It takes the right personality to play at NL games. You can't be timid, and you have to know how much to bet at the right times. If you can't do that, then stick to Limit poker for now and come back to try NL if and when the time is right.

As a Limit player who converted to NL, I can tell you that it isn't too difficult to adapt your game. I can also tell you that after I learned to play NL, I never sat down at another Limit table. You can also tell you that after I learned to play NL, I never sat down at another Limit table.

Joshua Heilpern is a contributor for several poker strategy websites. He also runs Beat The Fish - http://www.beatthefish.com - an original poker strategy and review site.


MORE RESOURCES:

Casino gambling is a bad bet for Alabama: opinion
AL.com
Politicians in Montgomery who believe an expansion of gambling is a way to collect needed funds to run state government are either uninformed or are misleading voters. They might begin doing their homework by reading an article in The Atlantic - "A ...

and more »


CardPlayer.com

Casino gambling issue is back on table in NH for 2015
Concord Monitor
Casino gambling nearly gained enough momentum to pass the House during Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's first term, and its supporters are optimistic heading into the new session. But competing priorities over how to spend the money could once again ...
New Hampshire To Once Again Look At Casino GamblingCardPlayer.com
NH casino gambling issue back on table for 2015GamingTodaySlotsToday

all 38 news articles »


Kentucky gubernatorial candidate supports casino gambling
Daily Racing Form
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Republican candidate for this year's gubernatorial election in Kentucky formally entered the race Tuesday with a promise to push for the legalization of casino gambling in the state. Will T. Scott, a former Kentucky Supreme Court ...



Tristatehomepage.com

Indiana Bill Aims to Expand Casino Gambling
Tristatehomepage.com
You've probably heard of efforts to allow land based casinos in Indiana. Now, one lawmaker wants to put casinos anywhere in the state. Representative Todd Huston of Fishers filed the bill earlier this week. If it passes, it would remove restrictions on ...

and more »


VIP baccarat accounts for 60 pct of casino gambling in Macau in 2014
Macauhub
VIP baccarat, a high roller gambling game, in 2014 provided gross revenues of 212.535 billion patacas (US$26.567 billion), according to official figures published in Macau. This game also accounted for 60 percent of total gross revenue earned by the ...



Las Vegas Blog (blog)

Casino gambling continues to grow in Arkansas
Las Vegas Blog (blog)
click to enlarge GONE TO THE DOGS: Casino gambling is the tail in that wags Southland Park, once strictly a greyhound race track. Talk Business rounded up the 2014 totals on casino gambling at Southland Park in West Memphis and Oaklawn Park in Hot ...

and more »


euronews

Casino gambling revenue in Macau falls 2.6 percent in 2014
Macauhub
Gross gaming and gambling revenues in Macau fell by 2.6% in 2014 to 351.521 billion patacas (US$43.94 billion), the first downturn since liberalisation, the region's Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) said. In 2013 gross casino gaming ...
Macau Suffers Worst Year for Casinos Amid China CrackdownBloomberg
UPDATE 3-Macau annual gambling revenue falls for first time since casino ...Reuters
Macau's gambling revenue hit with first annual fallBBC News
Investor's Business Daily -Businessweek -Las Vegas Review-Journal
all 179 news articles »


The Providence Journal

Mass. could see 5 applicants for southeastern region casino license
The Providence Journal
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Friday that three groups seeking a casino gambling license for the southeastern part of the commonwealth have asked for more time to file their applications. Two other groups interested in the license ...
5 groups vying for Massachusetts' final casino licenseWCVB Boston

all 30 news articles »


Four groups seek more time to apply for Southeast Massachusetts casino license
The Providence Journal
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Friday that four groups seeking a casino gambling license for the southeastern part of the commonwealth have asked for more time to file their applications. Two groups interested in the license ...



Wall Street Journal

Prop Bets, a Super Bowl Staple, Stretch Back Centuries
Wall Street Journal
As casino gambling took off in Nevada after World War II, proposition bets became a standard feature in craps and other dice games. A 1947 United Press report from Reno explained that craps tables were placing payoff limits on such bets to avoid big ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.