Originally Posted by dj11
if you are talking about only completing, meaning no raises are expected, then the pot odds are always right to complete. In your example, 2 limpers ahead, your getting 7-1 odds.
I was going to advise you just the opposite, but dj makes so much sense AND he kicked my butt yesterday.
But he's right, if there are a couple limpers you have the odds to complete.
But what are proper odds, dj? Is 5:1 good (one limper?)? Where's the cut-off for standard completions?
The downside is, of course, you'll be playing from the worst position, so if you hit the flop somewhat, you're open to re-raises or trapping. If you do complete, then you also need to know when to get away from it post-flop. In the book "Why You Lose at Poker," they talk about the principle of compounding errors. You start off in a bad situation, have a glint of hope so you chase, then you chase a little more - and at the end of it you've lost several BBs, whereas a simple early fold would have saved you all that pain.