H/L Betting Structure

published on 02/09/07 at 6:22 pm

PokerPlasm.comH/L means “half limit.” Some games, particularly community card games like Texas hold’em and Omaha, are played no limit or pot limit. In a no limit game, you can bet as much as you want, up to all your chips, at any time. Some players feel that this limits the amount of skill strong players can bring to bear, especially in tournaments, as a player insecure in their ability can simply push in all their chips before the flop, making it unprofitable for a stronger player to call without the very best of hands.

In a pot limit tournament, you can only bet the amount that is in the pot at any given time. This makes it very difficult to push hands out before the flop, and makes it easier for speculative hands to continue after the flop, an idea that is welcomed by many poker players. Half limit takes this idea to the next level. When you play poker in a half limit game, you can bet an amount up to half the pot at any given time. The effect this has is to make the flop and pre-flop play more like a limit game, and the turn and river more like a no limit game. Unlike in no limit, it takes a concerted effort to build a large pot in a half limit game.

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