In early tourney stages and in ring games: Complete in most cases (see below) if there are a couple of limpers with almost anything.
In mid-late tourney stages: Calling in the SB is one of the worst plays you can make.
Obviously this is a side effect of implied odds and fold equity - later in tourneys your implied odds go down, and it's more likely that people will fold to a SB raise later on (in the early stages you'd probably be playing prolly 3+ to the flop OOP even if you raised 4BB into 4 limpers from the SB - undesirable without a big hand to back it up).
Basically, completing is fine as long as:
- You and one or two of the limpers are deepstacked enough.
- You can get away from marginal flops (T8o, flop QT3, etc).
- Your opponents are bad enough to pay you off with relatively weak hands when you hit a monster.
- The BB isn't a maniac.
Yes based apon EV... its been proven no matter what that money flows towards the end of the table
Yeah, money generally flows in a clockwise direction around the table as hands are played, focused on the button. This proves absolutely nothing about the wiseness or otherwise of completing in the SB with odds to do so. When you limp with good odds from the SB, you're playing to flop a big hand, and as such position is not so crucial (don't get me wrong, it still matters, only not as much), as your postflop decision making should be relatively easy. It's similar to limping in EP at a passive table with 33 - your position really doesn't matter extensively because you're just playing to flop a set - practically any other flop and it's an easy check-fold.
Before anyone points this out, yeah this does contradict a little with this post of mine...
This was one of my biggest leaks when I was starting out, I used to see over 50% of flops from the SB, just because "hey I have money invested so i may as well call and try and hit a flop". Problem is, most of the time you won't hit a flop, and sometimes you'll end up hitting a Q holding Q4 and not knowing whether you're outkicked or not. It's not only the losing money when you miss the flop, but also losing money when you weakly hit a flop when out of position.
PT tells me I'm seeing about 29% of flops from the SB now in full ring games, and that seems pretty ideal.
...except it doesn't, because...
(a) I was referring mainly to calling a raise as regards the leak.
(b) As stated, a big problem was that I couldn't get away from flopped marginal hands, thus until I fixed this, folding more in the SB was a more sensible option for me.
(c) The OP refers to there only being one limper, which isn't ideal for completing in the SB with.