Originally Posted by Hogger
Just started playing lots of micro cash games the last week or so, was mainly playing SNG's or Omaha H/L before this. Anyway, because of all the limping at this level there are times when I'm not quite sure whether I should be joining the limpfest, or just folding. (or of course raising)
One example: On the button with a non-suited ace, let's just say it's an A-8os. There are 3 limpers in the pot ahead of you. Part of me want's to raise and try and force all these limpers out, but it always seems there are at least 2 who will call and of course a hand like this doesn't play well in a multi-way pot. So is better to fold, or limp. Or do I try the raise anyway and keep the initiative?
Another example: In the SB with a hand like 5-6os. 3 or 4 limpers in the pot. I know you're suppose to play tight in the blinds, but if I just have to complete, given the limpers already in there...I am suppose to call, right??
As usual, "depends" is the phrase of the day. Generally though, folding both those spots seems right.
In the first case though, if the limpers are chronic limp/call->foldonflop then raising may have some merit. Likewise, if everyone in the pot is a spew-y maniac in the second hand there may be more value to a completion as you're more likely to get paid for a stack if you hit.
Barring a decent read though...a fold in both spots is good.
I run into this same kind of issue a reasonable amount of the time and they represent some of the more frustrating decisions. I'm sure a decent number of my mistakes result from pre-flop decisions made in limped pots. It's one of those things that happens all the time in micros and yet is not often covered in poker literature/discussion.