Does limit translate to no limit?
Limit poker, does this translate to no limit? Reading many posts in this forum limit for me is helping with all aspects of post flop play; reading about concerns of luck, skill, and gambling. These are topics of discussion that interest me when not playing. Limit poker especially the .02/.04 stakes this level in my opinion is the purest game of poker.
Playing this game with knowing no one can go all in unless their last bet leaves them with no chips. This is where all of my skill and strategy came from and is expanding from. Knowing that most if not all hands will go to the river and showdown happens more frequently. Understanding AA pre flop is devalued especially when I am playing against people who are still playing as if this was no limit. I look to play suited connecters against this TAG whom still only values the top part of their range. I will always look for the right table, so others will help in putting four bets pre flop against this type of an opponent.
Call stations will always help out when strategizing against this type of player. Because of maxing out only four bets this is not much different than playing no limit pre because the four bets in limit or three bb raise in no limit in normal circumstances and of the strategy of knowing what hand is needed to beat each opponent. It becomes a game of chicken in no limit because of the obvious reasons so; strategy of how to see a flop becomes the challenge. I am still targeting a certain player and limit presents more opportunities to be patient.
This is where working on check-raises and re-raises for strategy purposes were born; in position and out of position a person can get used to betting for information at first then formulating strategies for later. This is also where ranging in the beginning on the flop because I was also learning starting hands ranging was key to understand what my opponent held when the bets became bigger on the turn and river just like no limit. After years of this exercise putting a person on a hand pre-flop was being born because of the unlimited showdown hands to understand my opponents.
This led to help with post flop play after four bets for example; putting the table in this dynamics let this player attempt to make my opponents blink pre flop and post flop. The weaker opponents just donated and the better opponents would end up after a period of time a person will begin to fold unless they had it. The process of keeping the table dynamics pre-flop to four bets when I chose to play began to wear down the table. Then people began to fold to one bet post flop the very thing that many said could not be done; get people to fold to one bet in limit as the example.
These scenarios did not happen overnight but the time spent at the limit tables was well worth it. Looking for limit cash games on the site I frequent does not happen enough but I still play on Full Tilt and Poker Stars
for play money. This helps in expanding on the same information and formulating new ways to use the old information. Limit and no limit have meshed and this has helped with my game because of Lee Jones book about limit and also Barry Tanenbaum and his knowledge of limit poker. For me strategies of limit have transferred well and the addition to no-limit strategies has helped with being creative to help disguise my hands and play.