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Texas Holdem Games

When choosing a game you chose not only between Holdem and Omaha, $2-4 or $3-$6 limits, but also the type of the game. You have to decide wherever you’re going to play limit holdem, pot limit hold’em or no limit holdem. What the difference between these three types?

Limit holdem meant that the maximum size of the bet is the same as the high limit. Moreover you can bet this maximum bet only at the turn or at the river.

The other variant is Pot Limit Hold’em. It means that the maximum bet size shouldn’t be bigger than the size of the pot.

And the last variant is No Limit Holdem. The most favorite game of all Americans. And also a championship event at the World Series of Poker. The main difference between NL Holdem and other holdem types is that you can move in all your chips any time you want. That’s why it’s called No Limits. Because there are no limits in this game.

It’s so dangerous and so exciting at the same time. It’s the very essence of poker. Limit hold’em is for the homebirds, for those who are not ready to risk. Pot Limit is for those who are ready to risk within due limits. They are just going to become homebirds. And those who play no limit. They don’t have any limits. And they don’t limit themselves anyhow. A good example is Stu Ungar. Drugs, sex, poker – No Limit Life for No Limit Player.

Your Best Bet with H.O.R.S.E.

H.O.R.S.E. is a game that is growing in popularity, especially with the World Series of Poker crowd. And if you do need to get good at H.O.R.S.E. in a hurry, what should you do? Work on your strengths IN the game, and your weaknesses AFTER the game.

If you are going to play H.O.R.S.E., it might help to know what the name of the game is for. It stands for Holdem (H), Omaha Eight or Better (O), Razz (R), Seven-Card Stud (S) and Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better (E). This means that, every ten hands or every blind level or so, you are going to be playing a different game of poker. Unless you are great at all five games, there are going to be moments when you are vulnerable. These are the moments you need to play tight and don’t move on hands unless they are winners. If you are great at Holdem but know next to nothing about Razz, then play your best in the Holdem round and sit tight in the Razz round. This will give you your best chance at success.

Then, after the game, pick up some instruction on the games you are weakest in. Practice those for a while, work out the kinks, and next time you sit down to H.O.R.S.E., you can be more confident.

Mixed game poker is coming back into vogue, slowly regaining ground lost to Texas Holdem over the years. H.O.R.S.E. is the big buy in event at the World Series of Poker, and even online poker rooms have begun spreading mixed cash and tourney games. In a mixed game, either cash or tournaments, the game switches about every ten hands, going from Holdem to Omaha to Razz and the like. The top poker players are often judged by their peers based on their mix game play, and it can be a lot of fun for anyone.

The trickiest part, however, of playing the mixed format is keeping track of what game you are playing. Not only do you have to change your strategy and way of thinking about cards, but if you think you are playing Razz during a Holdem round you are going to go broke betting on the worst hands. Practice switching games in your home game before bellying up to the table in a casino to give yourself an edge.

There are benefits to playing mixed games even if you are a die hard No Limit Texas Holdem player. Getting your head around the flexible strategy shifts needed for mixed games is great practice. When you play NLHE you still need to be able to shift your strategy, so this ability translates well.

If you want to become a H.O.R.S.E. master, then focus on strengthening your weakest games – but when you are in an event, play your best with your strongest games.


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