Poker In The Pit: Week 6

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Welcome to this week’s poker blog. The events in Las Vegas have been flowing and bracelets in small events are being won every day.

This week’s big event was the WSOP Limit Hold ‘Em event where Dutch player, Rob Hollink turned his buy in of $10,000 into a 1st prize of $496,931 and his first ever WSOP bracelet despite 25 previous WSOP cashes. We are also just two weeks away from GUKPT Sheffield where you can experience some high class poker and take down some big prize pools.

Now on to this week’s questions.

What is the difference between No Limit, Fixed Limit and Pot Limit? K Jackson, Dinnington

These refer to the betting structure. No Limit is exactly that. There are no limits or restrictions on how much you can bet on any given street. This is by far the most popular game and allows aggressive players to buy pots with a very high bluff. Fixed Limit is when you can only raise by a blind and pot limit means you can raise anything up to a pot sixed bet so when you’re betting fourth street and the river card you can usually bluff some cards from the pot. Just remember that as a rule limit game consists of much more tight disciplined players and no limit can house a lot of fish.

How should my play differ between six handed and 10 handed play? Dave Shaw, Gainsborough

Assuming you are playing in a tournament then the blind will come round a lot faster as you have fewer people at the table so always be aware of this to avoid being blinded out. Also each hand value increases when you have fewer opponents at the table. If I was dealt a 10 with ten players I’d probably fold, six handed I’d put out a small raise but be wary of any re-raise and heads up (two players) I’d push all in. The fewer cards being dealt, the stronger your hand should be.

I play Multi Table Tournaments (MTT’s) and other than the occasional big win I am down overall. What tournaments would you suggest playing? P Greenacre, South Anston

MTT’s are great tournaments and as you stated, you can turn a small fee into a big win, the only trouble is you usually have 100+ players also trying to turn a small stake into a big win. I would suggest playing single table tournaments and try to mix in a small amount of cash games to give you experience in all the fields. If you are a good card player you should be winning significantly more sit and go tournaments (STT) than you lose and also be able to make some profit in cash. Then you can use your profits as a stake for the MTT’s.

MY TELL OF THE WEEK

Weak is strong!! More often than not a player with a very small hand will bet big and super confidently when bluffing whereas a player with a monster hand will usually check or bet small to suck opponents into the pot. Find the bluffers and punish them!!

Thanks again to everyone who emails questions and makes this blog possible.

Until next week, good luck at the tables!

If you have any questions you would like answering or anything to say about this blog, you can email me directly at nick.tyler@live.co.uk.