Fixed Limit Hold’em Strategy for Beginners

Playing fixed-limit hold’em poker is quite different than playing no-limit and your game should be adjusted accordingly. One of the key factors, of course, is that when holding a strong hand, you are limited to the amount you can bet, which lends itself to being susceptible to players with drawing possibilities to continue playing and outdraw you. However, this can be either good or bad, depending upon your playing style. If you are raising and betting aggressively when holding strong hands, you will still be profitable in the long run against those fishy players who go all the way to the showdown hoping to catch one of their outs.

Tight-Aggressive

Keeping in mind that you are interested in long-term gains and will sometimes get sucked out on by players who continue calling the limited amount of wager, you will generally do fine at fixed limit if you adopt a tight-aggressive playing style. As such, starting hand selection is crucial and should most of the time be of the extremely tight variety. You can loosen up your range of starting hands in later positions. However, with the intricacies of the no-limit game gone, such as bluffing and using large bets and raises to take down pots, your ability to outplay your opponents in this fashion is greatly minimized.

Hand Selection

Keeping your starting hand selection to high pairs and the A-K and A-Q variety, you will fare much better in the long run. However, small and mid-level pairs can be played pre-flop in hopes of hitting a set on the flop. But if your pocket 6′s don’t connect on a flop that shows a couple of overcards, it is important to muck your hand and not continue to chase a loser if opponents are betting. Some fixed-limit players are seemingly of the mindset that pocket pairs can be played all the way through to showdown since the betting is limited. Don’t believe it. The rules of pot equity still apply to the fixed-limit game. If you are drawing with only a couple of outs, it is still overwhelmingly a bad play to make to continue calling and chasing even though the betting may be somewhat small due to the imposed fixed limits.