Straights and Flushes are Greyhound Buses

Low Limit Holdem, the game that refuses to die is one of the most unbeatable games in the poker world. One of the truest quotes or mantra’s I have ever hear at a Low Limit Holdem table goes like this:

“Straights and Flushes are Greyhound Buses”

Six simple words that define the world of Low Limit Holdem. Rarely in Low Limit Holdem is there such a thing as a tight game unless it is Monday morning, you are over sixty, and you are the youngest player at the table.

If you are playing at a different time, the game is loose preflop and variable for the rest of the hand. Low Limit Holdem is a game of see the flop and decide whether you want to play on or not. There are always odds to see the flop and beyond with about any hand in any position.

Many players who try to win at Low Limit Holdem go about it the wrong way. They end up either getting broke from being too loose or go broke from being too tight. Low Limit Holdem is not a game you should set your sights on for any kind of sustainable profit. It should be a game you are playing for fun.

There are a very few players who actually win over time at Low Limit Holdem. They make a little extra money, but not enough to live on. Low Limit Holdem games are games many poker players play while waiting for the game they want to play.

What does any of this have to do with Greyhound Buses? Everything and nothing. If you sit around and wait for premium hands, paired tens Through Aces, raise preflop, raise the flop, call the turn and river, you are going to go broke.

If you play every straight and flush starting hand you are dealt, you are going broke, or your standard deviation will be so high it would make most people sick to their stomachs with swings of hundreds of dollars to turn a profit at the end of a session. Most people and most games will not support this kind of play.

If you want to limit your losses, and allow the possibility of making a profit playing Low Limit Holdem you have to modify your game by doing the following:

1. Play your hands in position. Straight and Flush starting hands are very position sensitive.

2. Forget raising preflop with big pairs. You should have two pair or trips on the flop to continue playing past the flop in most rounds of play.

3. Flopping a Straight or Flush does not mean you flopped the highest Straight or Flush. Flopping three of a kind does not mean you flopped the best hand. Flopping two pair is barely over a half the time winning hand.

4. Making your hand and winning the pot are two different animals. Making a Straight and losing to a bigger straight or a river card flush is not winning play.

Most players at Low Limit Holdem do not expect to win. They are there to have fun and enjoy themselves. They also are not stupid. There is a fine line to follow when playing Low Limit Holdem.

If you do not give action, do not expect other players to give you action. Do not get married to your hands. Rarely chase because you will get broke more often than you win.

Low Limit Holdem is a lot of fun. You can play a long time on very little money. You can also lose a rack an hour chasing Straights and Flushes and building pots with your Big Pairs. You have almost none of the tools available to you the bigger games have.

Never stop thinking, require odds + 1 to chase, and do not get pulled into, “build a pot” thinking. If you follow these thoughts, you have a chance of breaking even and maybe even winning. If you want to have fun, you can have a great time, though do not think great time and winning go hand in hand at Low Limit Holdem, the game that refuses to die is one of the most unbeatable games in the poker world. One of the truest quotes or mantra’s I have ever hear at a Low Limit Holdem table goes like this:

“Straights and Flushes are Greyhound Buses”

Six simple words that define the world of Low Limit Holdem. Rarely in Low Limit Holdem is there such a thing as a tight game unless it is Monday morning, you are over sixty, and you are the youngest player at the table.

If you are playing at a different time, the game is loose preflop and variable for the rest of the hand. Low Limit Holdem is a game of see the flop and decide whether you want to play on or not. There are always odds to see the flop and beyond with about any hand in any position.

Many players who try to win at Low Limit Holdem go about it the wrong way. They end up either getting broke from being too loose or go broke from being too tight. Low Limit Holdem is not a game you should set your sights on for any kind of sustainable profit. It should be a game you are playing for fun.

There are a very few players who actually win over time at Low Limit Holdem. They make a little extra money, but not enough to live on. Low Limit Holdem games are games many poker players play while waiting for the game they want to play.

What does any of this have to do with Greyhound Buses? Everything and nothing. If you sit around and wait for premium hands, paired tens Through Aces, raise preflop, raise the flop, call the turn and river, you are going to go broke.

If you play every straight and flush starting hand you are dealt, you are going broke, or your standard deviation will be so high it would make most people sick to their stomachs with swings of hundreds of dollars to turn a profit at the end of a session. Most people and most games will not support this kind of play.

If you want to limit your losses, and allow the possibility of making a profit playing Low Limit Holdem you have to modify your game by doing the following:

1. Play your hands in position. Straight and Flush starting hands are very position sensitive.

2. Forget raising preflop with big pairs. You should have two pair or trips on the flop to continue playing past the flop in most rounds of play.

3. Flopping a Straight or Flush does not mean you flopped the highest Straight or Flush. Flopping three of a kind does not mean you flopped the best hand. Flopping two pair is barely over a half the time winning hand.

4. Making your hand and winning the pot are two different animals. Making a Straight and losing to a bigger straight or a river card flush is not winning play.

Most players at Low Limit Holdem do not expect to win. They are there to have fun and enjoy themselves. They also are not stupid. There is a fine line to follow when playing Low Limit Holdem.

If you do not give action, do not expect other players to give you action. Do not get married to your hands. Rarely chase because you will get broke more often than you win.

Low Limit Holdem is a lot of fun. You can play a long time on very little money. You can also lose a rack an hour chasing Straights and Flushes and building pots with your Big Pairs. You have almost none of the tools available to you the bigger games have.

Never stop thinking, require odds + 1 to chase, and do not get pulled into, “build a pot” thinking. If you follow these thoughts, you have a chance of breaking even and maybe even winning. If you want to have fun, you can have a great time, though do not think great time and winning go hand in hand at Low Limit Holdem