Understanding Fixed Limit Holdem

Any top PokerStars player will tell you that knowing the fundamentals of poker is the most important part to learn if you want to progress. Usually the stronger your fundamentals are, the more success you have. Knowing what position to play is one of those fundamentals that you need to know if you want to progress any further.

Fixed Limit Holdem might seem similar to No Limit Texas Holdem at first sight; and you are probably not far wrong. However, the further you look into Fixed Limit Holdem the bigger the differences become. One of the things I will look at is Playing Position in Fixed Limit Holdem.

Compared to No Limit Holdem, players will usually play a much wider range of hands. For example, it is not unusual for a player in early position in Fixed Limit Holdem to open raise with J-10 suited, whereas players in No limit Holdem are less likely to limp in or raise with hands like J-10 suited in early position because in No Limit Holdem all this does is give a player in late position the opportunity to increase his raise to try and take the pot down there.

However, in Fixed Limit it is not possible for a player to put in a big raise to take the player off the hand, so a player in early position might just limp so that he restricts any further players from re-raising too much because the amount the player can re-raised is fixed. This also makes position on PokerStars.net important in Fixed Limit though. If you are in late position, you know exactly how much is in the pot, so you also have more information than the player who raised in early position. This is a big advantage as in life, and poker – information is power. By playing position in Fixed Limit Holdem, you can work out the value your hand has in comparison to the pot. It also means after every flop, turn and river you are acting after your opponent meaning you can get away from a pot cheaply or take control of the pot.

Position is key to making constant profit in Fixed Limit Holdem, because in Fixed Limit the pots are usually small to start and gradually, yet deliberately grow in size. The key to winning is to get the best possible value from your hands, as well as get away from your marginal hands cheaply. By doing this you will gradually see your profits increase. But as in most forms of poker, position is the key to success.