Looking through the articles on our homepage, I realized that most of them apply to the matching poker, in type LIMIT. However, I know pretty well the feeling of being in need of achieving something more.
In five cards poker you will not play NoLimit version (exception is PokerStars). For this reason, if you are interested in something more I recommend you PotLimit. PotLimit is a real quintessence for 5card draw. This type of poker gives you much more opportunities to show your poker skills and experience. Below you can read some of the important rules applying to this type of poker.
Unlike Limit poker, in PotLimit you can distinguish some elements, which determine your strategy.
1. If there are many players in the game, it is more convenient for you to match cards to get a wanted combination. Because in Limit the raises are usually quite high, you can easier get some potodds. This strategy of play works especially well, when you are occupying the last position.
2. The opportunity to raise in order to win a pool makes bluffing much more effective than in the Limit. Bluff becomes a very important element of the game.
3. The game is much more dynamic. In this type of poker, you can use much often-different tricks, for example check-raised.
Concluding, in Limit game you have a chance to win, only if you have a strong combination. In PotLimit, however, the knowledge of other’s strategies is the most important. Here you try to use every weakness of your opponent. Good cards can help you, but will not determine your result.
However, there are some rules in PotLimit, which have to be obeyed like in all other types of poker. The most important rule gives the information about creating your own pool. Even before changing, you have to be sure, that you will get the maximum of what you can get. I have observed many times the players, who rose too much or their bluffs left completely no results, so that they have never earned too much.
The second thing you have to consider is potodds. At the beginning of the article, I mentioned that in PotLimit you would match more often than in a Limit version. Nevertheless, it does not mean that you have to match to get some combination, each time you have new cards. Remember that to match a strit you have 16, 6% probability and to match to colour you have 18, 75%. You have to consider the relation between your investment and your chances: how often our bluff works, is somebody going to call our cards, and so on.