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Easing the Transition to the Middle Limits-II

As said earlier that in part two I have provided three poker basic strategy tips which will help players to make easy transition from the smaller limits to the middle limits. Following are the three broader ideas not strategic in nature, but will help you to move up rapidly.

•  Put more stress on game selection . t

When playing in small limit games, game selection is not much relatively essential. But of course you should fairly not pot to play in an uncommon $3-$6 game which happens to contain all the best $3-$6 players in the city, or a $6-$12 game in which some good players from higher limit games are playing while they wait for seats in their regular games, but those are the exceptions. There are several players in a small limit game who are weak enough that it is reasonable to go ahead and play.

Such cases happen to be less often in middle limit games. Though there are areas in the country meant for soft middle limit games, in areas where such limits have been in place for a long time it is not rare to find a game containing many good players and not weak players. If you are not so experienced and one of the best players in the game yourself, then such a game should be avoided. Even if you think you are as good as compared to others in the game, if you find no one who is less skilled than you, you should hope only an average hourly rate. Then you are creating little more than fluctuations and are less likely to win in a given session. Hence, you should especially pot about what poker games you sit down in during your period of variations.

•  Evaluate your play against specific rivals .

The overall level of plays in the smaller games are bad enough that you can survive and might do well, spending only a fair amount of time evaluating the play of specific rivals. This is the case in the middle limit games. There you will come across those players who do not give away their money so easily.

Among them will be some who lose only a little, and whose method of play creates dangerous problems for a better player who hasn't looked closely at what they are doing. There are of course tough, winning players whose play you will have to understand if you are not to give them your money.

When dealing with a rival who gives you trouble, you should think accordingly about that person's play and develop effective counter strategies. You can do this by keeping records and examining hands you've played against your rival. Pay attention toward identifying any habitual patterns in his play, how well he plays, how he sees your play, and what kind of mistakes you have made against him. You should be able to identify more efficient strategic approaches to deal such players.

Some rivals, though tough, lack the proper balance and mix in their play. They overstress some of their approaches. Playing against them it is not difficult to develop well distinct strategies which you can apply radically and with great effect. In dealing more skilled rivals the stress is on determining at what level they are thinking (i.e. is he thinking only about what I have or is he thinking about what I think he has, or anything else?) and staying ahead of them.

•  Learn to play short-handed.

Unless you are truly comfortable with the short-handed play, this piece of advice after you have become more used to the middle limit games. I am presenting because you will find that middle limit games tend to become short-handed more frequently than small limit games. This is only because there are few players available to keep them full. Hence, if you avoid short-handed play you will not only play lesser hours in the middle limits, but also you will miss some of your more profitable opportunities available in poker. However, this does not mean that you always jump into the short-handed play while you are struggling in the middle limits, but I do want suggest as you develop and become more comfortable at these limits, that you make the effort to learn about, and then try your hand on more short-handed poker games. You may later find yourself enjoying as a favorite part of about poker game.


Few ideas are provided here which will certainly help players moving up from small limit to middle limits games. Many more can be stated but such ideas can not be more than replacing to what is really needed for success at increasing limits a tough understanding of the game.

If you have that, then you should not find winning in middle limits to be extremely difficult. Of course the game will be tougher than at the small limits, but not much what you expected, specifically if you apply a bit game selection. You should always be willing to move up with best of your skills and holdem strategies.


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