re: Poker & Limping and betting...
Originally Posted by lost2qandisa
Everybody here says, you should always bet into a pot. At micro cash games, why not limp speculative hands? If you are at a table of a ton of calling stations that play any range, why risk more money when you know you will probably see the flop for a Call? If you are in mid to late position with 3 callers in front of you and have a hand like 89 suited, why not just call and see the flop? If it does not hit, you fold. If it hits big, you stand to stack up.
However, if you bet into the pot and miss, you have no fold equity because they will call a continuation bet or even a 3 bet.
I won't disagree with you at all. I don't limp extremely often, but I will sometimes in passive tables with speculative hands and pocket pairs. There are plenty of pro's that limp or flat call pre flop a good bit and still play wonderfully.
Something I highly recomend that any poker enthusiast watch is Jason Sumerville's "run it up" series on youtube. It's basically his own personal challenge to start with 50 dollars and play poker up to 10000 dollars and he's recording all of his sessions. You get to see the thinking process of a pro player and iv'e learned a ton from it so far. Of course what he says isn't set in stone, but his playing style differs a good bit from norm. He min raises a ton, is in alot of hands, flat calls in position alot, defends his big blind with just about ATC. It's been eye opening to me to say the least. I haven't tried to copy his style of play at all, I don't think I could if I tried, but he has gotten me better at figuring out ranges for the villain.
But long story short, flat calling or limping isn't always a terrible play.