Limit poker is played taking into account the
size of the pot, which acts as a maximum betting limit. It is essential that at
a strategic level you are clear about the possibilities that your preflop
hand offers. This will make the postflop game much easier to face, as you
will be able to identify your outs more easily.
The amount of the bets and raises is fixed and
limited in advance in this game mode, and follows the classic phases of
pre-flop, flop, turn and river.
- During the first round, the "small
bet" corresponds to the amount of the small blind. In Limit Hold'em, in
the first betting round, the number of raises is limited to 3: a raise (1st
bet), a re-raise (2nd bet) and a final raise (3rd bet).
- For the second betting round and until the end
of the hand, the number of authorized bets/raises is limited to 4: a bet (1st
bet), a raise (2nd bet), a re-raise (3rd bet) and a final raise (4th bet).
- In the third round, the amount of the bets and
raises is equal to the "big bet", which corresponds to twice the
amount of the small bet.
- In the fourth and last round of betting, the
amount of the bets and raises is equal to the "big bet".
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It is essential that you use the postflop in
your strategy, that is, that your preflop moves are made taking into account
that your game should be focused on taking to the river with a powerful hand.
That is why you have to understand the poker game as two parts: the preflop
game and the postflop game, the latter being the one based on your preflop
decisions and where you really have to control your game to maintain its
opacity without being counterproductive.
As soon as the postflop game starts and the
turn card comes out, we should already have an idea of which hands we are going
to be able to play, from which positions and how much we are going to be able
to re-raise if we go with a raise, because the possibility of folding is
also on the table.
Another critical point in the postflop game is
the number of BBs you are going to sit down with. Normally, pros go for a deep
stack of 100 BBs, the maximum limit allowed for standard room betting. The
limits change in cash games, where it is possible to see more than twice as
many BBs and stacks that take your breath away.
Playing with more big blinds will give your
game more depth. That depth is beneficial because it is easier to detect when
you can get beaten. The bad thing about short stacks, although they commit
you less, is that they barely leave you margin to bet, and if you get to
the river with no room to maneuver you can find yourself in a commitment.
What to keep in mind to
play well postflop
There are several things that you must have
clear when it comes to give an exit to your postflop game.
- Use position to your advantage. You must keep in mind that
position play is the basis of postflop play. If you don't use the IP game
correctly you will have nothing to do. Therefore, it is crucial that you are
clear that in order not to be at a strategic disadvantage you will have to use
your position to your own advantage. Position play also opens up a whole world of
possibilities. It allows you, for example, to try a bet at a given moment to
analyze the response and reaction of others. It's a fantastic way to expose
your tells, and you'll have a frightening amount of information to analyze and
base your play on a better informed strategy. On the other hand, out of position (OOP) the
postflop is a bit trickier. Our hand can be overtaken on the river if on the
turn an opponent keeps an opaque game. Therefore, you should plan in advance
the possibilities of the hand to reach the river. Keeping your odds up to date
is key in out of position play.
- Always have the size of the pot under control. This is something you can do by
estimating the size of the pot, but you won't be able to do it with just any
combination of cards. Big pots are only played with big, ambitious and powerful
hands, so measure the size of the pot to gauge the strength of your hand.
- Analyze your opponent's tells to determine
Just as you need to know if your hand is strong enough to take on that pot, you
need to measure your strength with your villain to be clear whether his hand
can knock you down or not. And this is something you must do with everyone to
measure them well. For that, it is advisable that you analyze well their tells,
that you determine the strength of their hand, that you have clear your
position and that of the rivals and that you create your own hierarchy to avoid
making a mistake at the time of making any action.
- If it is not profitable, do not play. This is something that you must
strictly comply with. You are playing to win money, not to lose it. All you
have to take into account before making any bet or raise is the profitability
of the play. If it is not profitable, forget about it, because it will cost you
money to stay in the game and it will not help you to remain in limbo until the
losses have made you realize that it is useless to continue putting money in
- You must always take into account the effective
stack. We must
always be consistent with the stack we have at each moment, so we must always
keep it under control. Putting it in play means going over the security
threshold that would prevent us from having that cushion to enjoy the security
that comes with being able to bet without the possibility of being out of the
game on the table.
- If you don't play like a champion, you will
never be one. Attitude is important, especially when it comes to tells.
However, this statement should not be taken out of context. Attitude without
data is nothing, and believing you are a champion with a bad hand will only
lead you to defeat. But it is true that insecurity and fear are behind many
missed opportunities, so think big and believe it if you think you have a