re: Poker & Suited connectors and gappers
Originally Posted by NateB
What is a good strategy for playing suited connectors and gappers from early position?
If you're discussing the middle SCs, fold them most of the time. If you limp from an early position, you're just guessing as to who's coming in, and whether or not you'll be in there with a deep enough stack to make it worth it. You're also taking a chance that someone behind will raise over your limp, and it'll cost even more to see a flop.
Since these hands miss much more often than they hit, you'll have a bad hand in bad position, and you never want that. You'll have to check/fold, and all that's doing is donating to someone else's pot. Bad idea.
If you're gonna play 'em from up-front, open raise. This is an "image" play and before you try it, you need to be reasonably certain your opponents will notice. It can help in future rounds when you open with an ( A, K ) and they can't be absolutely certain that you have such a hand. If your opponents aren't that observant, then it accomplishes nothing.
Mid level SCs are best played in position against deep stacks where you can make the most if you flop gin. They're also stealing hands from very late positions when you can attack the blinds, as they do give you something to fall back on if your steal raise gets called.
Unless you're going off very short-handed (steal raise, essentially) it's a bad policy to play these marginal hands from early positions unless you have a very specific reason to do so, and that doesn't come up very often in full ring or even six-max. You aren't giving up much by auto-mucking when out of position.