Originally Posted by BLieve
I think my inability to play these situations well is one of if not the biggest flaw of my game right now. Lets say you are in the blinds and there are 3 limpers PF. With a hand like ATs or KJs, you would be glad to join in on the action. Now the first question is would you raise with a hand like ATs or KJs from the blinds with 3 limpers behind you? If you are like me and choose to call or check, what do you do when you hit top pair?
There are 4 or 5 bb in the pot, the board has a draw, how much do you bet? If you bet 3/4 pot there is a chance that someone already has you beat. If you bet less than that, it gives opponents a good reason to draw. Would you say top pair with a good kicker is the leading hand after a 4 limped flop?
when you play a hand like that you are not looking for top pair hands, your looking for some sort of two pair or strong draw or a homerun hitting a straight or flush... with top pair i check and see what develops behind me.. limped pots like that are super dangerous for top pair type hands.. you are generally either sllightly ahead or way way behind.. so checking to keep the pot under control is the best action.. you can fold cheaply if it goes bet raise..
i generally wouldnt raise in this spot as i know that hands like A10 suited or KJ suited play really well in multiway situations. besides if you get called in one or two spots, now your creating a bigger pot that you have to play OOP which is never what you want..
calling preflop is fine.. but i wouldnt get too committed to top pair type hands, especially with a mediocre kicker...
a tournament may differ, if the blinds are high enough and theres a sizeable pot out there you may decide to go for a dead money grab and try to take down the pot preflop.. its costly if you do get called though..