General Limit Hold’em Concepts

More Hours = More Profit

If you are a winning player, the more hours you play (work), the more money you will earn over time.

Two Chronic Diseases

A lot of hold’em players these days have a serious disease called “Any Ace Syndrome”. These players feel they must play any Ace no matter how poor the kicker and their position. They lose tons of money by doing this but just can’t stop themselves. Very sad! For them, not for you!

Some players also suffer from “Steal The Blind Syndrome”. These players feel that in late position with no callers they must try to steal the blinds at every opportunity. Not just sometimes but always. They don’t pick their spots to do this, they just fire away even if the player(s) in the blind(s) always call.

Facing a Raise

Early position raises most often implies strength while late position raises often implies a “steal the blinds” raise which means the raiser may not have a good hand. Pre-flop, if you are not in the blind, do not CALL many raises. Consider either re-raising or folding, especially when the game is short-handed. Most often play tighter when the pot has been raised to you. The more clockwise the raiser from the blind the more chance that they are not playing a real strong hand. They may be trying to steal the blinds or at least trying to “buy the button” (make the player on the button and any player between them and the button fold). Therefore, in this case, if you decide to play you should almost always raise.

Kickers

Correct play pre-flop can limit trouble you encounter with second best hands because you call much less with “kicker problem” hands. Losing players may often call with a hand such as A8 and then lose a lot of money when an Ace hits the flop. You, on the other hand, wouldn’t be there in most cases so you save money as well as save time and energy trying to make the right decision on the flop, turn and river. When you play your AQ for example, your kicker (Q) will help you a lot more often than the losing player’s 8 will help them and therefore your Q will not hurt you as often as the 8 will hurt them. When the board comes A-T-3-3-2, would you like AQ or A8? Think about how often this type of situation comes up in hold’em. SAVE MONEY, PLAY WITH GOOD KICKERS!

Pre-Flop

A lot of players simply play too many hands. Limit hold’em is a game of PATIENCE. When out of position, play QUALITY hands and when you have good position play a variety of hands as outlined within these pages.