Pot Limit Holdem
Pot Limit Holdem is the toughest form of poker. It is also called as “big bet poker”.When a player has A-K, then the flop will be “Ah-10c-9s” and he bets the pot. Some other player will call. If the player will check then the opponent will fire in larger pot limits. This would be quite a direct call in limit poker as it is for sure that the opponent doesn’t have the player beat. But in pot limit holdem the player don’t have the ability to call out of curiosity. There are some guidelines to help the player through the pot limit holdem:
Take Charge of Pot Wherever It Is Possible for You
When a player is in control of pot it is quite easy to work out wherever he stands. If a player is in “middle-late position” with an Ah to 10h and their two players behind then the flop is Ad-9h-6c and the early position players check to you. It is much better to bet out in this position only rather than checking and seeing what opponents do. If the opponents are strong, they will probably raise the player. But if they are not strong then there are few problems for the player:
1) As opponents are in good position so they may start betting. They can continue betting no matter in what position the player is. They will be in such a good position to bet and it will be too large to call with anything less than A-K. As a result, player will be moved off his hand. If the player bet into his opponent then they may have the player beat. And the player should probably go ahead and bet again on the turn if the opponent calls the flop. The opponent will be having stronger hand (e.g. A-J) and they will be quite reluctant in attempting a bluff. This information will help the player to have accurate knowledge about his opponent’s hands by betting. The player can make good decisions if he has good information about his opponents.
2) The other major problem will be when opponents will check behind the player and the player will unintentionally give a free card to the player.
3) Everyone else will check behind the player if he checks the flop and river is inoffensive (for example, a 2s). An opponent may make a play at the player as the bet on that particular turn might appear quite suspicious. For example, the opponents may suspect that they have best hand if they have 10-9 suited on a flop of A-9-6 and everyone checked. They may raise the full pot limit of the player if it’s his betting turn. Resultant the player will be forced to give up an opportunity to make money when the opponent only has two outs against his hand.
Accordingly, the player should take the control of the hand wherever possible. Bodog Poker has soft pot limit games, try Bodog with our VIP offer.