Top Five Tips For Deep-Stacked No-Limit Hold’em With Antes

Due to the rise in popularity of televised no-limit hold’em cash games, many online poker sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, as well as home games, have started spreading no-limit hold’em cash games that play deep and have antes. This format is great for television because it creates a lot of action, but it’s also great strategically. The extra starting money in the pot creates many new challenges that have to be overcome that simply aren’t there in the 100 big blind deep games with no antes that are the normal game today. These bigger games attract the bigger fish who have seen this format on television and want to try the game for themselves, so here we are going to look at the best ways to get these people’s money. You can check out jasabola88 for more poker games online. This is one of the best poker experience that you will get online. You can bet and earn a lot of money from these poker games if your are a master of this game.

Tip #1: Steal the blinds and antes. The normal size of the ante is one-fifth or 20% of the size of the big blind. So if the game is a 9-handed full ring game, that means that before any bets or raises pre-flop, there is already 3.3 big blinds in the pot. A game without antes would only have 1.5 big blinds in the middle of the pot, so the reward for stealing the blinds and antes is double the norm, which makes stealing from late position insanely profitable, even if the blinds aren’t super tight.

Tip #2: Be deep-stacked with the player on your right. In poker, and no-limit poker especially, you have a huge advantage when acting last. So if you act after a player more often, you’ll tend to have an advantage against them on average. Because of this, you want to make sure that you buy-in enough that you cover the player sitting to your immediate right. This way you always have the maximum positional advantage possible.

Tip #3: Try not to be deep-stacked with the player on your left. Similarly to tip #2, we want to try to avoid giving away a huge advantage to the player on our left by not getting extremely deep with them if we can avoid it. If there is an empty seat, and the player to the left of that seat has 250 big blinds while the player on the right of that seat has 150 big blinds, we should only buy in for a 150bb stack to use these two tips to their full effect.

Tip #4: Be careful re-raising big pairs from the blinds if you’re super deep. When you’re 100 big blinds deep in the normal games, it’s completely standard play to re-raise big pairs like AA, KK and QQ from the blinds. If you’re playing with deep stacks, this can be a big mistake because of the positional disadvantage you give yourself. Your opponents will be able to call your re-raise with all sorts of small pocket pairs and suited-connectors and will likely get a large portion of your stack or put you to very difficult decisions a lot of the time. Instead, you should often just call and play a more controlled pot where you have the added advantage of your opponent not knowing what you have because you’ve disguised your hand by flat calling pre-flop.

Tip #5: Be more likely to quit because you’re not playing well. If you get emotional in a normal 100 big blind game, the most you can lose in one hand is 100 big blinds. But if you get emotional and go “on tilt” in a deep stacked game where stacks routinely reach 500 big blinds or more, you can easily lose a whole lot more in a short period of time. Because of this, you should try very hard to be in your best emotional frame of mind when you’re playing deep-stacked no-limit hold’em poker.

With these five tips, you’ll have everything in check from your positional play to your pre-flop advantages to your psychological edge. Players who don’t make the proper adjustments from normal 100 big blind games will think they’re the ones with an advantage even though your edge on them will be huge. Take these tips with you the next time you play deep-stacked no-limit hold’em and you’ll come out a big winner.


Written by Jack
Jack Bauer is a freelance writer and an academician. He is a graduate of Communication and Media Arts and he owns a publishing company in New York City.