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When playing the game of poker, whether it’s online or live, you’ll find that there are a ton of different options for you out there. Whether it starts with the type of game to play, the limits to play at, and even which type of a specific game to play (no limit, limit, pot limit). Regardless of which option you are looking at, there is always a way to help decide which one is best for you. Most people will give it a shot by simply playing different games and different styles such as limit, no limit and pot limit; but there are ways to find your niche without even having to play. More importantly than that, it’s not the best idea to play at different limits to find out what’s best for you, just in case you take a down swing and lose a few pots, which can damage your bankroll! Today, we are going to take a look at how to find out what fits your style of play first, and also what you’ll enjoy playing the most.

Type of Game

Texas Hold’em definitely comes in ranking as the most popular poker game out there, but it’s important to know that you have a very solid number of options out there. Hold’em is a great game for tournament players, mainly because of the incredible number of options that are available as far as different tournaments go. There are also games like Omaha, Seven Card Stud, Razz, and many others. Omaha is very similar to Hold’em in how the betting and such goes, but the main difference is that players get four cards instead of two. Seven Card Stud and Razz are draw games, which mean that there are antes on each hand that you play. Essentially Omaha is great for cash game players, while Razz and Seven Card Stud are also good games for cash games as well.

Limits

The limits that you play should almost always be based off of your bankroll size. The only exception to this is if you are fairly new to a game or don’t feel comfortable playing higher limits (even with a large bankroll). It’s important to start out small and get the feel for tables, and then build your way up from there. So always play lower limits if you want to learn a game, and only move up when your bankroll has enough in it to be able to deal with any type of down swings.

Is No Limit Always Best?

Simply put, it’s not always the best option. As far as Omaha goes, pot limit is definitely the popular choice, mainly because of how the game is played; and for Razz and Seven Card Stud, you’ll find that more often than not it is played as a limit game. The reason why many players enjoy limit games is because they can chase their straights and flushes more than no limit and pot limit, because there isn’t as much bluffing throughout. Aggressive players can’t raise as much in hopes of pushing you out of the hand, which is always good for players who like to see flops, turns, and rivers.

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