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## Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 1)

Ok, to start this off, I figured it would be a good idea to give a little background about myself.  I was a 2nd year law student at the University of Wisconsin when the poker boom began in 2003.  Like many young(ish) males at the time, I got caught up in the wave of...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 6)

4) The Small Broadways (KT; QJ-QT; JT) The first thing to note with all of these hands is that suitedness really increases their playability.  All of these hands are good hands to play in multi-way pots because they can win occasionally just by hitting top pair; they...

## Pot Equity Edge (LHE)

Here is a topic that we have been debating about in another thread: Pot Equity Edge….and what the hell do you do with it? When we get to debating topics, it does a couple of things for me, personally. First, it makes me choose a side and "fight."...

## chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Hold’em (part 12)

My previous 11 posts have gone through some strategic and theoretical guidelines.  However, for me at least, it is much easier to grasp concepts with examples.  So in however many post it will take me to finish this guide, I am going to use examples to try and bring...

## Hyper’s 6-Max Limit Hold’em Guide Part 2

Hyper put together a sequel to his initial guide on 6 max/short handed play. Click here to read version 1 of his 6 Max Limit Holdem Guide. Short-Handed Limit Holdem Guide v.2.0 Hyper’s Limit Guide, Specializing in Shorthanded Play: Version 2.0 This guide is an...

## Small Stakes Limit Holdem Theorems

“Poker is a game of cards, people and position” – Multiple sources “There is nothing you can do about the cards” – Multiple sources Consider that playing cards well will only get you so far if your ultimate goal is to score as many points as possible. If I’m...

## 3-Betting an Apparent Stealer in Limit Hold’em

With most forms of poker, your play in and around the blinds will often define what type of success you have. This is simply because of the positional importance in all forms of poker. However, In a way, limit hold’em places a greater need for sound play in and...

## Limit Holdem Goals

Making goals in Limit Holdem is very important in order to progress your game. Your goal for these microlimit Holdem poker games shouldn’t be to get rich quick, because it WON’T happen. You are here to learn the game and deal with the bad beats and...

## The Best Time to Bluff

In my last post, I talked about why bluffing is such an integral part of poker.  In this post I want to focus on what conditions we need to make a bluff successful.  Anyone who has played poker for a decent amount of time has had a bluff blow up in their face. ...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 3)

COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF A SMALL STAKES GAME The most common characteristics of a small stakes game are that the players will be loose and passive. Most of the players will believe that luck is a more important factor in the game then skill; and most of the players...

## Planning Your Moves in Limit Hold’em

When you play a game like limit hold’em, or any other form of poker for that matter, it is important to try and assess what you are trying to do before the flop and also what you will need to do post flop. So when you make a play pre-flop in limit hold’em then one of...

## Moving from \$.50/1 to \$1/2

The play here isn’t too much different. After playing 10,000-15,000 hands of .5/1, you should be more than bankrolled to play at the \$1/2 limit. document.write(BwinPokerA);document.write(BwinPokerB); players are a mixture of loose/tight players but they all play...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 2)

In my last post I gave an introduction of who I am and how I got to playing live small stakes limit poker.  In this post I want to just jump into my actual guide of how to play.  The best place to start is just in the basics. THE RAKE My local casino does not offer a...

## Playing Overcards in Limit Holdem – Intro

I have always felt that the playing of overcards presents some of the most difficult situations in limit hold’em at times. When I first started out as an online player, limit hold’em was my main game and these overcard situations were some of the most difficult for me...

## Before Moving to \$3/6

This section will go over some very popular, yet still very profitable ‘plays’ that you should do (and will see) against opponents. I recommend you study these plays – how to use them to your advantage, how to recognize them when they happen, and how...

## chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Hold’em (Part 13)

Continuing with examples… Example 2 – Betting Draws for Value We are on the button in a standard loose-passive game.  4 players limp to us and we have KhQh.  What should we do? Answer – raise.  Again, even though we are behind Ax and small pairs, a...

## \$3/6 and Beyond

Don’t get so discouraged from playing the \$3/6 tables at document.write(PartyPokerA);document.write(PartyPokerB);. True, the Party tables are full of rocks and TAGs, but as long as you are able to avoid them, then you should be okay....

## Limit vs No Limit Texas Holdem Poker

Limit Texas Holdem vs. No Limit Texas Holdem – the debate goes on. Which game should you master? Well, everyone here at FTR has their own opinion. We have very skilled and profitable players profiting from both forms of the game. I have my opinion too, and No Limit...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Holdem (Part 7)

In my last posts I went over some specific hands and talked about how they generally should be played.  In this post I am going to go over some general preflop concepts. Playing from the Blinds Many players make mistakes from playing the blinds.  Most players continue...

## Hyper’s 6-Max Limit Hold’em Guide

Just as a counterargument to the 1bb an hour on the main page, it is true that in limit you cannot make as much as NL. However, I find the advantages of limit make in a viable choice over NL for many people. For one, limit is all about making the decision with the...

## Why You Suck At Limit Holdem

Fnord provides tons of strategy advice in our community. He put together this list of why folks suck at Limit Hold’em. You play too many hands You ignore the size of the pot (including chasing with bad pot odds) You call 2+ small bets cold pre-flop with unpaired...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 5)

In this post I am going to continue with my basic guide on how to play specific hands preflop. 2) The Big Broadways and a note about suitedness (AQ-AT; KQ-KJ) Our big broadway cards are profitable because most limit players are playing way too many hands, so when we...

## Playing Overcards in Limit Hold’em: Part 1

This first hand takes place in a \$5-\$10 full-ring game on Pokerloco. One player had limped in and I held the Ah-Qd and raised from middle position. The button cold called the raise behind me and everyone else folded except the original limper who called. Before we...

## chardrian’s Guide to Live Smallstakes Limit Hold’em (Part 11)

Implied Odds vs. Pot Odds In a previous post (part 9 to this guide), I defined pot odds as the ratio of the amount of money already in the pot to the amount of money you have to call to stay in a hand.  Thus if the pot has \$40 and you have to call an \$8 bet then you...

## Moving from \$.25/.50 to \$.50/1.00

After making 300 BB at \$.25/.5 (or you have \$300, both will work), then you should move to \$.5/1. You need to play the \$.5/1 at document.write(FullTiltA);document.write(FullTiltB); until you have reached \$500 in your account, essentially 200 BB over the minimum. If...

## chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 10)

Counting Outs Continued In my last post I gave a very cut and dry example of counting outs when you have an open-end straight draw and it is very unlikely that anything else will win you the hand.  In that case you have 8 outs. In many cases your outs won’t be...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Limit Poker (Part 8)

Before I move on to flop play I just want to do a quick recap of preflop play and guidelines. 1) Tight is Right The biggest mistake most small stakes players make is that they just play way too many hands preflop.  Your only objective preflop should be to play hands...

## Building Your Bankroll & Moving Up

So you don’t have \$150 to start playing. You’ve already lost money and if you deposit any more money in your poker account your Wife/Girlfriend/Mother is going to kill you. Don’t worry! You can still play for real money. Some sites offer a promotion...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Poker (Part 4)

It is finally time to start getting to the nitty gritty.  My previous posts have dealt more with getting you psychologically prepared for the game, and that is a very important part of the game, but most people reading this are likely to be more interested in finding...

## Limit Holdem Conclusion

If I haven’t mentioned these points, then add them to the list on things to know: 1. Always play within your bankroll. 2. Only play games in which you are comfortable playing. 3. Don’t try to play opponents better than you. Find the players worse than you...

## Introduction to Limit Texas Holdem Poker

Limit Texas Holdem poker (LHE) is a strategic game, with everything focused in the ‘Long Run.’ Limit Texas Holdem poker can be just as profitable as No Limit and doesn’t require as much risk. No Limit Texas Holdem poker (NL) has the ability to win a...

## Moving Up in Low Stakes from \$.05/.10 to \$.25/.50

Ideally, this is where you should start playing. The levels before this are pretty useless other than the experience you get by playing the hands. This is where you really need to work on your strategies and learn to play poker more aggressively. You have the general...

## Adjusting to Fish in Low-Stakes 6-Max Limit Hold’em

Strange as it may seem, many players who go looking for weak players in poker games end up not knowing what to do once they find them. Quite often they make the wrong adjustments and end up either recycling money or becoming frustrated and thus leaving what are...

## Choosing Your Stakes at Limit Hold’em

In this article I would like to discuss just what you can expect to find at various levels these days at six handed limit. Gone are the old days when a good strong solid player could make a living playing \$20-\$40 online with just the rudiments of the game as a weapon....

## Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Limit Poker (Part 9)

After 8 posts which could easily be summed up by saying raise with your value hands preflop and tighten up otherwise, we are finally on to postflop play.  I believe that a good preflop game will make you a breakevenish player, but when you add good postflop play to...

## Playing in Tough Limit Holdem Games

As a low stakes limit Hold’em player looking to progress towards higher stakes, you are going to encounter some very aggressive games and some very strong players. There are clear indications now that value in middle limit is drying up or has already dried up. A...

## Bluffing on the flop in low-stakes limit

One of the hallmarks of a good solid reg is the ability to be precise with bluffing at all stages of the hand. In heads up and three way situations precise bluffing can significantly add to a player’s bottom line. You need to be on the lookout for opportunities...

## Moving from \$1/2 to \$2/4

Although you have the bankroll, you may not decide to move up just quite yet, which is more than understandable. However, there are two reasons in doing so: First: The players play just as bad at \$2/4 as they do in \$1/2. In essence, the same quality play will net you...