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 most positive expected value at the given moment given all the information you have. You have 3 actions every time: bet, call, and fold. Choosing the best one is the one that maximizes expected value. If you are good at making many little decisions over and over, you will make a lot of money playing limit.

1bb per hour is somewhat underrated. There are many players who sustain even a 4bb/100 at the lowest limits. For the higher limits 2bb/100 is very sustainable. If you are making 2bb/100 quad tabling 10/20 you will be raking in the big bucks.

Also, the last thing to mention is the amount of fish. There are plenty of fish at $25nl on PartyPoker. As you move up the ranks, the number of fish goes down a lot, so instead of getting paid off with your big hands, lots of times you only get the blinds, which of course sucks. There just aren’t many fish that will play at the $200NL tables, and when they do, they bust out fast.

When you move up the ranks in limit, the fish obviously decrease, but there are still lots of them to make it profitable. In fact I find this surprising when fnord was posting 15/30 hands and the complete crap these people were playing…the same ones at 0.5/1.

And also a prelude to my guide, I am not claiming to know everything about shorthanded games. However, I do believe all of the information I’m providing is correct, to my knowledge. I am also a poker player, and I am also constantly learning. Thus, if you read something, and you disagree I welcome your comments and criticisms so I can learn from my mistakes. So drop in the forum, and give me a PM!

Shorthanded games give the aggressive player the edge, if they know how to play well. However, just because shorthanded games require aggression, doesn’t mean you should become loose and aggressive. Those players take massive swings at shorthanded play, and inevitably end up losing in the long run.

Before you should consider tackling 6max, you should be very competent at the full ring game, with enough hands to know you’re soundly beating the game. There are many things profitable in full ring that go down in value for 6max. For example, suited aces are very profitable full ring in a passive table, because with such a big pot with dead money, it’s worth chasing for that flush. In 6max this will get you burned.

In this guide, you are learning to be tight and aggressive. It’s the only way to play. By tight, I mean you should be seeing 20% of all flops out of the blinds. Unlike full ring, if you see lower than 20% you are missing out on a lot of profitable situations, and that will affect your win rate. When you get enough experience, you can move up to 25% of all flops. 30% is the highest you can play profitably at, and very few players can achieve that.

Also, if you plan to play seriously I highly recommend PokerTracker. Pretty useless for no limit, but for limit it is essential to analyzing your game, and plugging leaks. Limit is all about the little things. The player with the least little mistakes makes that extra 0.5bb/100.

So I’ve mentioned playing aggressive, mentioned playing tight, and there’s one last thing that’s very important, in fact the most important. POSITION. Having that button is so crucial that your starting hand requirements change drastically relative to your position from the button.

Now that you have a general idea of what 6max is all about, time to break it down.


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