5 Tips To Use When
Playing Low-Limit Poker
Low-Limit Poker Strategy
This article is primarily for lower stakes online poker, but the advice can be used in your live game too. It is is based on my online poker playing experiences and the studying of the game I’ve done over the past two years.
Low limit poker is a different animal than the poker you see on TV. The play is different, the players are different and the winning strategy is different. Here are 5 quick tips to improve your low limit poker strategy.
1. Find a way to make yourself really pay attention:
A strategy I used recently at a $1/$2 limit game was to convince myself that the bets were really $100/$200 and force myself to try and make optimal plays.
Notice I didn’t say play it like everyone else was really playing like they would at $100/$200, but just pretend that each bet was worth that amount to me. IE, I’m playing very close attention to everything I can to try and make the absolute best decisions possible. It’s so easy to get distracted online at sites like Full Tilt Poker that you must find a way to make yourself focus and pay attention.
I remembered that the other players weren’t thinking like that but just pretended they weren’t very good (or that they weren’t paying much attention).
It worked well and I nearly doubled my buyin. Another key factor was the table conditions (had a total sucker at the table and one other overly aggressive/stubborn guy when he got involved (couldn’t lay it down).
2. Manage your Low Limit Table Bankroll
In a 1/2 limit game you can sit down with $50 although I like to sit with $100 (table reputation) and set my must leave level at the moment my roll gets to $50 or below.
If I lose down to $75 I make myself take an honest evalutation of the table and unless i’ve just gotten exceptionally unlucky. Find a new table or switch up to a small Sit-N-Go I play the $5 or $10 SNG’s. Also take advantage of the free roll tournaments. Nearly all the sites offer them.
3. Use Sit-N-Go’s to get your No-Limit Fix.
If you are itching to play no limit poker, and who isn’t… play in sit-n-go’s instead of the lower stakes NL cash tables. Sit N Go’s are there to get that no limit enjoyment and your loss is limited to whatever the buyin was. Poker Stars has plenty of $1 buyin sit-n-go’s that you can play in all day long. If you really have to play a low limit limit cash game, check out how to win at low stakes no limit cash game I get to play no-limit and can normally cash in around 6-7 of these for every 10 I play.
In low stakes sit-n-go’s, people play so stupid early – they play way too loose and they love top pair and really love two pair. You can just fold all but premiums for the first two levels and just slightly loosen up in position at levels 3 and 4 (while being selectively aggressive) and then steal in position from the next few levels and you’re in the money – often.
4. Maintain Discipline – find a new table if there are not there are not obvious fish handing out their cash. The next day I played a bit more 1/2 limit and lost down to $75 (even after winning my first couple of hands) I got up and left as there were 2 solid players there and no real fish. Low limit takes discipline. I thought I could grind out a profit, but why bother… there are plenty of tables to choose from that will be much easier.
5. Short Handed – more action.
If the action seems to slow for you at the 10 person tables then sit at 6 handed… its got a lot of action.. and even at the .25/50c tables you can cut your teeth and grow your roll. You’ll need to loosen up some, but just continue to play disciplined, aggressive poker.
To practice your low limit strategies, play online poker.
Thanks and we’ll see you at the tables!
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