Originally Posted by Rishlin
Hi there, im a beginner, I was told repeated and still am being told that there should be no reason for me to ever limp. I'm told to either check, raise or fold.
This is a good idea for beginners, the reason is that when you raise you accomplish two things:
1. You give yourself the chance to win the pot right there (everyone folds).
2. You force the blinds and anyone else who calls to narrow their ranges, which helps you when you try to figure out what they could have post-flop if they call.
If you limp in, the SB may come along with mediocre hands (weak Aces, medium strength Kings, Q9, T8, etc.) because of the pot odds
, and the BB gets to see a free flop with whatever garbage they're sitting on.
If you raise and get calls from fairly tight players, it's then much easier to figure out what they have post-flop. For example, you limped 99, the BB checked, and the flop was 842. You think you're good here with an overpair to the board, so you start betting, and the BB lets you hang yourself because he has 42, even though he would have folded had you raised pre-flop.