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What No Limit Players Can Learn From Limit Players

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No Limit and Limit poker are games with a very similar feel, but with a necessarily very different strategic approach. Where No Limit poker allows players to vary up their bets, allowing pots to run to an unlimited level on each hand, Limit players face much tighter restrictions on the amount they are allowed to be with a given hand. This means Limit players are competing in a much more fixed-odds environment, where pot odds and probability suddenly become even more important.

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Why you Should Not Play Like Tom Dwan in your Home Game

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Tom Dwan came to prominence as a star of online poker, with millions of dollars in winnings to his name. His graduation to the TV poker circuit saw him reach global notoriety, famed in part for his particular approach to the game.

Unlike most taught poker players, Dwan didn’t play with a tight-aggressive approach. Far from a shrinking violet, Tom Dwan has a reputation for playing wild and loose, leading to much more volatile wins and losses. This, coupled with his keen understanding of poker fundamentals, made him an unpredictable, difficult opponent to play against.

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How do you Adjust your Game Against a Very Tight Table?

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This is a question that comes up a lot. Players hitting a table with above-average tight players can find it difficult to make any in-roads. Cagey play means smaller pots, and players that are more easily spooked by any move to aggression. In these scenarios, you need to be able to capitalise on opportunities on both the high and low side, stealing the blinds and smaller pots when there just isn’t the appetite to go further.

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How do you Play Small Pairs Early in a Tournament?

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Small pairs can be a deceptive hand to be dealt at any stage in a poker tournament. Sure, you know you’ve got something. But is it enough to be backing the hand and moving your game forward? The answer depends on a number of factors, not least the stage of betting and the stage of the tournament you’re at. With fewer occupied seats, the chances of weaker hands like small pairs coming through do open up. But as a default, it may be wise not to be too aggressive in your approach to the game with this type of hand.

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Poker Bankroll Management

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Managing your bankroll in poker should always be the primary concern. Without capital in the bank, you run the risk of falling out of the game, or limiting your upside when the cards present opportunity. The size of your bankroll dictates how you play the game, and specifically the size of the stakes you can play for in each hand. Overplaying your bankroll can lead to serious cash-flow problems, likely to end your game - underplaying your bankroll leads to missed opportunities, and costs you money.

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The Math of Poker

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Poker is, in essence, a numbers game. Mathematically astute players, who can work comfortably with odds, percentages and probability, are in a much stronger position from the outset to succeed in poker - almost regardless of the version they play. While other factors do come to bear on your decision making, math is the fundamental skill poker players need to succeed long-term.

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Omaha Strategy

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Omaha’s different rules give a whole new complexion to the game. Texas Hold’em players often find themselves much weaker in Omaha games, not least because there are so many notional hands in play. When each player has several options of hands, the average winning hand becomes much stronger - essentially, it’s going to take the nuts or something incredibly close to it to have confidence of winning the hand.

With this in mind, there are a number of specific Omaha strategies you need to be deploying to get the most out of your game.

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Limit Texas Hold'em Strategy

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Compared to No Limit, Limit Texas Hold’em is a totally different game. Some players find the adjustment difficult at first - while on the face of it, the distinction seems reasonably minor, it has a massive impact on the game and probabilities throughout each round.

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No Limit Texas Hold'em Strategy

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No Limit Texas Hold’em is a huge area of study. While it can take just a few moments to learn the basics, honing and mastering your skills can take a lifetime, and players usually need some level of coaching to break free of the common mistakes and bad plays synonymous with beginners.

There are countless strategies, with almost as many different philosophies as there are players. Nevertheless there are a few golden rules new players should adhere to, helping them play to the odds to save money on the downside, and increase the chances of getting paid off when the going is good.

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Poker Home Games Strategy

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Home games are a slightly different kettle of fish. While many play home games to win money, they are also inherently social occasions, so there’s a fine line needed here if you want to keep getting an invite. Home games tend to be looser than cash games and tournament games by definition, as people are often playing for fun as well as for money.

That being said, there are still opportunities for you to be aggressive when the cards merit it, and you should still be strategic in your approach to these types of games.

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