By Matthew Marietta, Rakeback.com Executive Editor
This week, PokerStars is holding a variety of promotions to re-introduce players to Limit Hold’em. Players are being offered a lot of free money, and free training to try out the game which has waned in popularity over the last few years.
50% extra VPP and FPPs are on offer all week during four regular Happy Hours at all Limit Hold’em tables--except for Heads Up cash and tournament tables.
According to PokerStars, Happy Hours mean you have to be “sociable”, and that means playing tables with more than two players to get the benefits.
The set Happy Hours are:04:00, 10:00, 16:00 and 22:00 all Eastern Standard Time.
“How to Play” Limit Hold’em videos are available on the PokerStars web site, and after watching them, players are encouraged to put theory into practice by playing “Taster Tournaments”. These have a 5FPP buy in and a guaranteed prize pool of $500.
Once you have mastered the basic strategy, there are hourly $1.50 multi table tournaments and for those with less time available, 45 man Sit and Go tournaments which have been added to the regular Stars schedule.
Deposits of over $20 qualify for three free $1.50 tournament tickets which can be used at Limit Hold’em.
At the end of Limit Week, the regular $215 tournament has had its guarantee quadrupled to $20k.
Limit Hold’em is mathematically easier than its cousin No Limit Hold’em (NLHE), as bet sizes are controlled by the rules, not by the player’s stack size. As a game, it plays much smaller than NLHE, so players need a much lower bank roll for the same blind levels.
Before the online poker boom, Limit Hold’em was the main form of poker played around the world. The popularity of the WSOP Main Event which is played in a NLHE format transformed players habits and NLHE became the dominant form of poker.
Limit Hold’em requires more precision and a very accurate calculation of odds. It is in many ways a more elegant game as edges are smaller, and have to be pushed further. The brute force all in of NLHE is not often available in Limit games, so players need to be prepared to fold earlier and bluff more believably to deceive opponents.
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