No-Limit vs. Limit Hold'em

Limit and no-limit hold'em only officially differ in terms of betting amounts, but in reality they are two completely different games, whereas strategies and approaches can differ significantly. In this article we explain the general differences between no-limit and limit. Having knowledge of both types of poker is beneficial to your general understanding of the game, so the second quiz will contain questions on both limit and no-limit. But at some point you should decide which game type you want to specialise in.


In contrast to no-limit, a player can only bet or raise a fixed amount in limit. In a $0.5/$1 limit game, only $0.5 can be bet on the flop and $1 on the turn and the river, i.e. generally a small amount compared to the size of the pot.
Limit is a very mathematical game. In each hand the idea is to win crucial bets with the best hand, or to lose as few bets as possible with the second-best hand. The difference between an average player and a good player is smaller than in no-limit.
You only win or lose relatively small amounts in a single hand.

Limit is the classic game for beginners. Since you do not have to make the difficult decision of how much to bet.


In contrast to limit, in no-limit you can decide how many chips you want to bet. The minimum is the amount of the big blind and the maximum is the all-in.
This type of game has advantages as well as disadvantages. On the one hand, you could lose your whole stack in a single hand. But on the other hand, you could also win the whole stack of your opponents worth a lot of money. Mistakes are punished much more severely in no-limit than in limit. A good player has a bigger edge over an average player in no-limit than in limit.

No-limit hold'em is actually much too complex for beginners. For this reason, beginners initially learn what is known as the short stack strategy (SSS), where they always buy in for the minimum amount. Thus, they can avoid having to make a lot of difficult decisions.