“Limit poker is a science, but no-limit is an art. In limit, you are shooting at a target. In no-limit, the target comes alive and shoots back at you.” (Jack Straus)
There can be no doubting that no limit hold’em is wiping the floor with all other variations of the game at the moment, but there is no good reason to discount the other forms of poker, limit hold’em included.
The learning curve is not as steep. In limit poker, the odds are almost always in your favour.
Limit poker can take two forms: fixed limit poker and pot limit poker. Fixed limit allows a specific amount to be bet throughout the whole game, and pot limit is fairly self explanatory.
Limit poker is an easier game for beginners because it relies more on mathematics than on psychology. Limit is less dangerous than no limit too – rarely will you lose your whole stack in one hand in limit hold’em.
The learning curve is not as steep. In limit poker, the odds are almost always in your favour. Post-flop, you will never get worse than 2:1 on your money. This means that draws are more playable than in no limit hold’em. Hitting a flush draw or an open-ended straight draw is about 2:1 on the flop, so you always have the correct pot odds to chase a draw.
So, the basic limit hold’em strategy is to make sure that you have the correct pot odds when calling for draws, and to make sure that you charge the maximum amount when your opponent is drawing against you.
Pot limit hold’em is another variation on the game which attracts a lot of fans. The maximum amount that you can bet is all the money in the pot plus all the bets on the table. So, it is important to be able to quickly work out the range of bet you can use.
For example, if the pot stands at $10 on the flop and someone has bet $10, you can bet $40 (the pot – $10 + your opponent’s bet – $10 + your call – $10 + your raise – $10, which can be as big as the initial bet).