re: Poker & Limping/Calling
Originally Posted by KH2
Ok lets say you're playing a table that almost never raises pre. So you can pretty much call without worrying about aggression. So with that, how many players have to come in for my 72off to be the right call.
Some hands go up in value with many opponents, because of the increased implied odds they get if they hit. I'm guessing this is why you're asking at what point even 72o gets profitable.
These hands are connectors and suited cards, preferably both ("suited connectors"). 72o is neither suited nor connected. 72o, therefore is a hand that does better against few opponents - but as soon as you reach the fewest opponents (1), you will not get sufficient odds to play, as you're getting 1-to-1 on your money (and your hand most certainly won't have a higher expectation than his).
There might be some people who could find some very rare situations where they will be able to make a profit from calling with 72o - but I'm not one of them, and (no offense) since you had to ask about it, I doubt that you are either.
There are no absolutes in poker, but two axioms that are about as close as you can get:
* Never pay to see a flop with 72o.
* Never fold AA preflop.
Incidentally, I think folding AA preflop is something I'll do many more times in my career than paying to see a flop with 72o*. That ought to say something, too.
* Edit: Well, no, not really. But I want to stress really really much that 72o is not okay to play except in some extreme circumstances. Fold it.