Originally Posted by Stu_Ungar
Out of interest.. of those reconmending limit as a starting point, who actually, really, honestly, swear on ya life, really played limit as an introduction to the game.. and by that I dont mean you plaed limit for a week and then switched, I mean who played limit and learned a significant portion of the game via limit play?
[x] Hand up !!
I started playing stud and other limit games in '69 when the casino NLHE tables were sitting empty, no interest, no players. I still prefer limit games today, live and online.
One thing you do learn in limit games is that you are making decisions on every street and are playing more starting hands. In NL, quite often there is only one decision to make per hand dealt and you are playing fewer hands.
A lot of people refer to limit games as 'chasing' games. Wrong word, imo. The real word is 'poker' games. You make a 'poker' decision on every street if you're in the hand. In NL (especially online) it comes down to an all-in preflop decision, which (to me) is Clint Eastwood poker - "Do ya feel lucky, punk? Well do ya?" Poker's version of the kids game - "I Double Dog Dare Ya".
Deciding between limit and no limit may also rest with the ability to fund a bankroll. If you have the funds to survive a lot of variance and can reload repeatedly, and you enjoy playing 'instant gratification' poker, then NL is the place for you.
Over the years my winning limit sessions way outnumber losing ones. But then, I'm also quite happy being an ol' time grinder. The top players who do well, higher stakes players, would likely prefer NL, but they are also rolled for more swings.
I started with limit, and after 40 years of it, I'm sticking with it. It works for me.