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No-Limit Hold’em Limpfests

General characteristics, frustrations, and psychological adjustments

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Jan 22, 2010

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These games can be extremely frustrating, but if you can handle the frustration and adjust well, they can be very profitable. Some purists insist, “Those games are not real no-limit hold’em,” and they certainly don’t resemble anything you’ll see on television, nor will you read about them in the textbooks. In fact, you will hardly ever see them online or in any live game with blinds larger than $1-$2. But, they occur fairly often in casino and home games with $1-$2 blinds and maximum buy-ins of $200 to $300. This series of columns will describe these games, analyze their frustrations, and recommend ways to adjust to them. General Characteristics Many players are loose, passive, and oblivious. They want to have fun, and folding is boring. So, they will play cards that a smarter or more profit-oriented person would fold. Their starting hands can be astonishingly weak (even after a raise), ...


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