Longhand Limit Texas HoldemWed, 04 Jun 2008 22:57
Longhand Limit Texas Holdem
Longhand texas holdem poker strategy.
Texas Hold'em poker has different kinds, as thus, players can try Advanced Shorthand Limit, Shorthand Limit, No Limit, and Longhand Limit. When playing Longhand Limit Texas Hold'em, poker players need a tad more ounce of patience to stay in the game. Unlike in Shorthand Limit, this one has something to do with waiting for good hands to come. Knowing what good hands are is essential to making the right moves in longhand limit. A beginner should know that he is playing against eight or more poker players, but he can still have an edge against them at lower limits.
To help beginners in playing Advanced Shorthand Limit, Shorthand Limit, No Limit, or Longhand Limit, poker guru David Sklansky came up with eight categories of poker hands, but knowing the four categories discussed below would already help players. Keeping track of them would help any player in knowing whether to raise or fold during pre-flop. Beginners should also remember that the cards' suit does not make a difference in their values.
The first category includes a pair of Aces, a pair of face cards, and an Ace and a face card. They are known as every poker player's best possible hand. Players are strongly advised to raise them during pre-flop. They should also put in a huge amount of cash in the pot. However, players must also be wary of their opponents who might be holding a pair of Aces or a pair of Kings, especially when they have only an Ace and a face card, or a pair of Jacks. It won't be good to engage in some raising battle with an opponent having his pocket pair.
The second category comprises a pair of tens, a pair of nines, an Ace and a Queen, and a King and a Queen. These cards are generally good, especially when there are fewer poker players battling it out for the pot. Players should be careful in re-raising them because this might lessen their advantage during the flop.
The third category includes a pair of eights, an Ace and a Jack, an Ace and a ten, and a combination of a face card and a ten. These cards are considered fairly good, but players should look out for opponents having higher cards. But if their opponents have already folded, they should consider raising.
The last category has an Ace and a small card of the same suit, a King and a seven of the same suit, a pocket pair, and a suited connector. These cards can get a bit tricky, especially during the flop. The best move would be to raise when there is big money in the pot.
During the flop, players can get themselves into several situations. One is when they get a win-or-beat hand. The best technique here would either be betting to have someone raise to them or betting to make their opponents fold. Another situation is when players hold the boss hand. This is when players get a three-of-a-kind or a full house during a flop. The best move would be to hang on for their chance to go on a betting spree.