Pot Limit Hold ‘Em –



If you’re a fan of seeing flops in no limit hold ‘em, maybe your game is pot limit hold ‘em. In pot limit no one can move all in over the top of you until the pot gets to be the size of their stack. In reality, most preflop raises are a very small percentage of your stack and you can see cheap flops and have lots of chances to outplay your opponents.


I started out play no limit hold ‘em, a little bit of 7 card stud, and now I play a mix of hold ‘em, omaha, and stud. My favorite tournament game is pot limit texas hold ‘em. As I said, I can see a lot of flops. It forces people to make pot sized bets a lot more often (making calling a bit easier preflop) rather than overbetting the pot a grotesque amount.


If you’re a good no limit hold ‘em player and make a lot of good post-flop decisions and reads you should fair very well in the pot limit hold ‘em tournaments. Steve and I have played in quite a few and we always seem to make the money with ease, and once you get deep into the tournament it plays a lot more like no limit hold ‘em – so your no limit skills will start playing a bigger role and allow you to take control of the tournament.


Implied odds –


A lot of people question the hands Steve and I play preflop when they first start playing with us. Here is the typical conversation we have with a new comer:


New Comer: “Why’d you call my raise preflop with 3♠5♠?”

Ben or Steve: “Because if we catch a flop against your K♥K♦ we can take all of your chips and it only cost us 3% of our chip stack to see it.”


A lot of people get angry about the calls made preflop in tournaments, but if you’re in the right position and you are getting a good price to call, it’s probably correct to throw in your chips with the worst hand. If you combine pot odds and implied odds there are a lot of hands that are playable in a no limit hold ‘em tournament.


I don’t have the time or the room to explain the entire theory behind implied odds, but if you use it correctly (not as an excuse for making an incorrect call), you could make a lot of chips.


If you are interested in learning more about advanced poker strategy I’d suggest searching on Google for implied odds or expected value – you’ll find a wealth of information to help you beat your next home game.