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Say 'poker' and most people think of no-limit Texas Hold'em. It’s exciting, dramatic and with a format that’s perfect for TV it’s become the format of choice when it’s time to shuffle up and deal.
But it’s not the only version of poker out there. Here’s our handy guide for when you want try something new at partypoker.
Limit Hold’em plays exactly like No Limit Hold’em except the amount you can bet is limited to predefined bets.
This is the old school game of choice for poker players. It plays out the same as Texas Hold’em, with two hole cards, a flop, a turn and a river – the only difference is the way you bet.
Limit poker is mainly played on cash games and you’ll normally find the specific betting limits in the table name. A $2/4 table will have betting increments of $2 and $4. The first figure is used for the first two betting rounds and the second amount is used for the final two rounds.
Blinds for this table would be $1 and $2 as the big blind on a limit table is always the same size of the small bet.
Here’s a quick example:
On a $2/4 table, if you were the first to bet, you can only bet $2. The next person to act can fold, call or raise to a total of $4. If a third player wanted to re-raise their total bet would be $6. This $2 limit applies to pre-flop and post-flop betting.
On the turn and river the bet limit moves up to the higher bet limit, which would be $4 on this table.
In limit, the number of raises per round is limited as well, usually at four but you need to make sure you find out what the limit is on your table when you sit down. With its two specified betting limits, this is a very subtle version of poker. You won’t find any maverick bets of ‘all in’ here, that’s for sure.
Like limit, your betting is curbed. But here, your maximum bet is capped to however much is in the pot at the time of making your bet.
In between no-limit and limit is where you'll find pot limit. Like limit, your betting is curbed but on these tables, rather than fixed, pre-specified limits, your maximum bet is capped to whatever is in the pot at the time of making your bet (this includes all the money in the pot and all the bets on the table, including any call you need to make before raising).
You receive hole cards just as in Hold’em, but this time you get 4. Five community cards are also dealt face up for everyone. The important thing to remember about Pot-limit Omaha is that you must use any 2 of your 4 hole cards to make a hand!
Omaha is another much-loved variation of poker. Players receive four hole cards that only they can see and five community cards that are dealt face up for everyone.
Each player must use two of their hole cards, plus three of the community cards, to make a hand. There are four rounds of betting, which play out in the same way as Texas Hold’em. If you need a little reminder then you can refresh your memory here.
Just like pot-limit Hold'em your betting is curbed in pot-limit Omaha. Your maximum bet is capped to whatever is in the pot at the time of making your bet (this includes all the money in the pot and all the bets on the table, including any call you need to make before raising).