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From Fixed Limit to No Limit
IntroductionIn this article
- Differences between betting styles, pre-flop and post-flop play
- The relevance of top pair, variable bets, stack sizes and position
- What influence tracking software stats have
- How big is the expected profit?
When playing Fixed Limit you are used to placing small bets up to and on the flop, and big bets (2 small bets = 1 big bet) on the turn and river. This particular betting behaviour means that certain moves have become habitual, as the given odds are usually the same and only vary depending on the number of opponents. As a result, pre-flop play can be depicted in charts that help you play an optimal game, as you can't make any mistakes when it comes to the odds.
This regulated betting behaviour also clearly comes into effect in post-flop play of course. It's practically impossible to drive out a flush draw on the flop, as this draw almost always has the right odds. The same goes for the turn. On the other hand, you are aware of the fact that a hand that has assumed showdown value costs you a maximum of 2,5 big bets in a heads-up game if you're playing way ahead/way behind.
Mathematically speaking, many mistakes can be avoided here, and so you can come close to playing an almost optimal game (definitely preflop, but also postflop). This is the big difference compared to No Limit Hold'em.
When playing No Limit Hold'em all these points cease to apply, as there are no regulated bet sizes. This means that every one of your opponents is free to bet as much as he wants (this also means he can go all-in at any time). So your opponent can change the odds –both pre-flop and post-flop– in his favour. The following explains the consequences of this, as well as what further points you should take into consideration.
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