'Pot Limit' poker: A game that actually tests your skills

Aug 25, 2009 5:09 PM
Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale |

The advent of No Limit Hold’em has killed one of my favorite poker games – Pot Limit Hold’em, a game I love to play for fun and profit. Pot Limit has all the skill factors that are required to be a winning player. But No Limit requires very little skill – it requires more nerve (and luck) than skill.

Now, Pot Limit Hold’em is a game of skill and mathematics – you need to understand pot odds and implied odds.

In Pot Limit, you can play if you wish, and stand a raise if you wish, because before the flop there are no pot odds – only the value of your two cards.

In Pot Limit, the math comes in and you can call the pot limit raise and take a look at the flop. Then you can play with skill, and be mathematically correct. You may not win the pot, but you are not playing BINGO poker.

Obviously in Pot Limit Hold’em, you must have skill. But in no limit, you simply need a little courage (and often times a lot of luck).

The games that you see on TV are not realistic; players have enough chips to play, and they can make bets of the correct size and play a little poker.

But in a live cash game of no limit hold’em at the local casino, there is never enough money on the table to make bets, calls and raises! So most of the time it is just bet and take it when someone raises all-in.

In Pot Limit, the contest is on until the cards are all dealt because the math will guide your actions. And that has always been one of the attractions of poker – your skill level helps determine the outcome, not simply the luck of the draw.

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

It has been said that the spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom are the pillars of a good society.

In poker, I say that skill and luck are the pillars of a good poker player and that skill will keep you in the poker tournament until luck can find you!

Until next time, remember to stay lucky.

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