Moving Limits Up or Down

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 00:33

Moving Limits Up or Down

The importance of the limit for making bets.


The limit for making bets is a very important element in playing online poker. Aside from determining how much you can win and lose in every game, the limits you play under also clue in your opponents about your skill level and playing style. This said, you need to understand how to choose your limit and when to increase or cut down on it.

If you are new in the poker scene, you are expected to play in low-limit games. A game is defined as a low-limit if it is within the one- to two-dollar mark. Since few expert players dabble in low limits, you can test the waters and develop your own strategy without the fear of getting eaten alive by the poker sharks. In other words, a low-limit game is a safe training ground where you can start your poker career. Ashamed of "announcing" your novice status by playing in low limits? Don't be, since online poker games, protect your identity by letting you use a screen name.

But when you beat the people your playing with always and you're not content with the pot size anymore, it's time to move and step up your game. This means staking higher limits. However, as tempting as it is to join the big league, it is advisable to take it slow. Never play in games with limits higher than you can risk. No matter how well-versed you are in poker strategies or experienced you are, it never helps to play in limits which are way over your head. You'll be jittery and uncomfortable as the stakes grow higher which will make you an easy target for your opponents.  Move limits in stages; play in slightly higher limits for 6-7 times before deciding to take your game up another notch. Take these stages as opportunities to hone your skills and learn from other players. Playing in moderate limits also gives you the chance to increase your bankroll -- a must if you intend to play in games with higher limits in the future.   

Of course, you don't always get things right the first time. If you feel that you've bitten off more than you can chew when you moved up limits, it perfectly alright to step down a bit. But don't move limits so far down that you lose the enthusiasm to play. Same as when when you're moving up limits, step down a limit at a time. Don't go from $50-limits back to the old one- to two-dollar mark. Instead, go back to the last limit you played in and build up your strengths and bankroll before attempting to move back up. As a rule, you may consider moving down after you have taken a hit at a limit that is higher than your usual. However, take care not to be overconfident in playing the lower limits since getting cocky on the table can make you loosen up your strategy and fall prey to the tricks of less skilled opponents.

All in all, your skills as a poker player, the financial strength you possess, and the right control over the drive to take risks are the major factors on which you should base the limit of the game you would play.