Texas Hold'em Tips on Shorthand Limit
These Hold'em tips are very important in winning. Longhand postflops are often played with shorthand principles—in fact most games of high-limit poker are played as if they are shorthand. And online poker is commonly played as shorthand. So here are some Hold'em tips on shorthand poker.
It's important to look at the progress of a game before joining. If the game is mostly raising and folding, keep out. When people do poorly preflop and merely call, hop in. That's the game we want. Shorthand is best played with inert players and where there are few hard line players. Effective shorthand starting hands are relative. Some hands are effective in some situations, some are not. If too much activity has been going on (raise and re-raising, calling, etc.) unless we have something like double aces, kings, queens, or an ace and king, we're better off folding. Always try to be aware of what the opponent might be holding before we make any bet.
When re-raising in shorthand poker games, one of the Hold'em tips is know what kind the raiser is. An over aggressive raisier may be re-raised with any poker pair or perhaps an ace and anything higher than an 8. This may give us enough luck on the flop. For all we know, the raiser might have an ace and a 4. Thus, even with a lousy double 6, we'd want to get rid of that hand. It's fun to re-raise when we have hands like double aces and face cards or an ace and face card. Calling with a pair of jack is okay if we think the opponent has something weak.
Talking about connectors with the same suit, among the recommended Hold'em tips is that we check the other players' situations. If they're not too eager with the play, small doubles and suited connectors will do. But if there are not too many players around, the pot is affected and wining with suited connectors won't be that attractive. Small pairs, if we're in early position, are better off folded. But if we're the button and all folded, raising small pairs is a good thing.
Finally, with a stronger hand in shorthand poker, a Hold'em tip is to bet to make the opponent raise. Then simply re-raise. This prevents an opponent with a weak hand to gain something substantial.
Shorthand poker games are often the case with most Hold'em poker and are best played with not too excited players.