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Limit Texas Hold ‘Em is a game where players look to exploit small edges: a game of finesse and well-timed aggression.
1. Unlike in No-Limit where you can bet all your chips whenever you want, Limit Hold’em plays with fixed betting limits.
2. The size of the game is determined by the bet size. If you are playing in a $4/$8 game the small bet is $4 and the big bet $8. The blinds will be $2 and $4. The big blind is always equal to the size of the small bet.
3. Play proceeds as it would in any Hold’em game; however, you bet and raise in increments. Before the flop and on the flop you bet in increments of the small bet. For example:
If you were the first to bet, you can only bet $4, and the next person could call or raise to a total of $8. Any player wanting to reraise after that can make it a total bet of $12.
On the turn and river players bet in increments of the big bet. If you were to bet the turn it would be $8 and to raise it would be $16, etc.
4. In Fixed-Limit Hold’em there is a set number of raises you can make before the betting is capped. Action is capped at four bets (always check the house rules before playing your first hand).
5. When betting is capped, it means that the players no longer have the option to raise; they can only call or fold until the next street is dealt.
6. When two players become “heads up” in a hand, there is unlimited raising so long as the bet was not capped before become “heads up” in that betting round.
In a No Limit game, there are designated blinds and/or antes plus a designated opening bet. Beyond this structure, any player may bet any amount of money he has on the table.
There is unlimited raising during each betting round. A raise is only valid, as a raise, if the bet made is at least double the preceding bet or raise.
Omaha Hi-Lo is a community card game. Every player is dealt four cards face down, followed by five community cards dealt face up in the middle of the table. The five community cards are used by every player. Each player must use 3 and exactly 3 community cards along with 2 and exactly 2 of their down cards to make the best possible high and qualifying low hand. A low hand is one in which the 5 cards being used are all below 8 and none of them make a pair together. This is called an 8 or better qualifier.
Omaha Hi-Lo is played with a dealer button to mark who the dealer would be, if the casino weren’t providing one for the table. This lets the casino provided dealer know where to begin dealing each round. They will begin each time with the person to the left of the button. The button rotates clockwise around the table between every hand. This is important as the “dealer” is the last to act (bet, call, raise, fold), and thus has the greatest advantage for that hand having had the opportunity to see how everyone else acted already.
To make both your best five card high and low hand using exactly two hole cards, and three board cards. If there is no qualifying low hand the entire pot goes to the player with the best high hand. If there is a low possible and someone has it, the pot is split between the best high hand and the best low hand.
Omaha Hi-Lo rules dictate that there be a forced bet every hand, called the blind In most games there are two blinds positioned two spots to the left of the Dealer Button called the Small Blind and the Big Blind. These forced bets are set depending on the game structure. In spread limit games they are either $1 and $2 or $2 and $5. In structure games the small blind is the size of the small bet and the big blind is equal to the size of the small bet. This bet counts towards that players first round bet, and is considered live; meaning the player may chose to raise even if nobody else has.
There are four rounds of betting. In spread limit games the betting is spread from the low bet to the high bet on all rounds. For example in $1/2-100 the betting is from $2 to $100 all rounds. In structure games the betting increments are the low bet pre flop and on the flop, and then the big bet on the turn and the river. For example in $3/6 the bet pre flop and on the flop is $3 with the bets on the turn and river being in increments of $6.
Aces Cracked is a poker term used to describe a situation in which “pocket Aces” lose the hand. Pocket Aces is the best starting hand a player can have, statistically speaking. If you have Pocket Aces and lose the hand, we’ll give you $100! Aces Cracked is offered all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on any Texas Hold’em game.