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  • Limpin' Limpers!

    Posted by jim on July 13, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Few players have a balanced limping strategy, and for most it’s a weakness that thinking players can exploit. Are there situations where you limp? Why those spots and with which hands? Do you have a strategy for exploiting limpers? What do you look for and are there hands you like to use? Does this vary between cash and tournament play?

    jim replied 3 years, 8 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • binkley

    Member
    July 13, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I do have an overlimping strategy in certain situations. If it is a generally passive table where it’s common that nobody will raise preflop, then I will sometimes limp if somebody has already limped. I do this with small pairs (55-22) and suited aces from all positions and maybe a suited connector or suited gapper in later position.

    I rarely open limp but I have done this a couple times as a trap with AA. In a cash game, a young LAG put in a straddle. I knew that if nobody raised there was a very good chance he would raise once it got to him. As it turned out, there was a raise and 3bet even before it got to the straddler.

    Another time, I did it in the Rec.poker home game. I just got moved to the table and saw there were good players capable of raising against limpers in late position. I limped my AA and got AQ to call my 3bet jam.

  • taylormaas

    Member
    July 14, 2020 at 10:22 am

    I will only open limp on the button when effective stack size is relatively low (around 10-17 BBs). It makes it less profitable for a short stack to jam all-in and forces more post flop play, which being in position and on a shorter stack favors myself on the button.

  • rabman50

    Administrator
    July 14, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    I will occasionally limp but the conditions have to be right. On a table full of passive players where we will usually see the flop multi-way I will limp with Suited Aces, small pairs, and occasionally suited gappers.

  • fivebyfive

    Administrator
    July 14, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    I have two spots where I will occasionally split my range and open limp. In both cases, stack size matters. I like these more divergent strategies when we’re deeper, 50+ bb deep.

    When that deep I will limp a large portion of my range from the SB. I will fold complete trash and raise a mix of some stronger holdings (usually based on a suit I predetermine) and some speculative ones Most of my range is limping.

    The other spot where I occasionally limp is when I am deep and directly UTG and there are 3 or more shove stacks (<15bb) at the table. I’m splitting this limp between extreme value (AA-QQ) and a few hands I don’t mind seeing multiway (say J10s). I am doing this to induce more action, and if it sometimes goes five way, so be it. This does sacrifice the strength of a strong pair sometimes, but so many people are trained to attack limpers these days that I have scooped massive multiway all-in pots that otherwise might have carefully called or folded to my open. I especially love this tactic right after the bubble bursts and people are in phew, time to double up or go home mode. I am happy to help them accomplish the later.

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