Basic No Limit Hold ‘Em Poker Strategies

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Basic No Limit Hold ‘Em Poker Strategies

There is an huge difference between limit and no-limit Texas hold’em and this difference is based on the position you have at the playing table and on the value of the cards you are holding. When you are playing no-limit hold’em you will find that position is much more important than in the limit games. The explanation is quite simple actually because there is no limit to the amount of money you can bet, so more money is involved and your game play has a bigger impact on your bankroll. For example: If you manage to get someone into a position trap you will have a chance to get that person’s entire stack, not only a few chips like in limit hold’em.

In no-limit poker the big connectors are to be played with caution because they have a much lesser value overall; they can cause you to win but just small amounts of money and they can also cause you to lose greatly. However, pairs have an increased value in no-limit Texas hold’em. They give you the opportunity to trap someone (especially the big pairs) and they can get you the entire bankroll of your opponent(s) or simply double the value of the pot over a betting round.

When playing no-limit you must at all times keep a list of all money spent by you and your opponents. Variations in the stack affect the whole hand and you must be aware of that. So pay attention to all amounts of money players have on the table and also the pot size at all times. The game here is about leaving the others with no money on the table not just about winning small pots and hands.

Let’s take an example to better demonstrate how and why it is important to know the amount of money each player has on the table.

Let’s say you have $250 and another player has $25. You are playing a game with blinds of $1-$2. Your position is the small blind and the cards you have are QJ suited. Your opponent is in first position and he goes all-in. All other players consider the risk and decide to fold. Now, you are faced with the decision to call and risk $24 for his $25 bet or to simply fold like the situation requires. Betting for that kind of money is an unnecessary risk you should not take. If however your opponent would have an amount of $250 just like you have, then the risk would be acceptable as you would be risking the money for 10 times their value.

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