This is a discussion on Limping from SB within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; I don't know how many times i lost big pots by limping on small blind...for example have 46 flop is 46J and my oponent has
I don't know how many times i lost big pots by limping on small blind...for example have 46 flop is 46J and my oponent has A6 or biger pair and board pairs!! Unreal...
that happens to me all the time
October 10th, 2015, 7:37 PM
Online Poker at: Bovada
Game: NL HoldEm
That's why limping is generally considered weak play.
If it's good enough to limp it's good enough to raise. When you limp, your future raises lack credibility and will get called by a variety of hands.
Raising instead of limping does many things for you. It will either narrow the field of players, or put you up against a 3bet. Narrowing the field is good so that you have a better chance of taking down the pot with a cbet. If you do get 3bet preflop then you get more information about your opponent and can play the hand better.
Raising also helps you disguise your range of hands from the other players.
tl:dr - Raising preflop is always a better choice than limping.
October 10th, 2015, 8:22 PM
limping in sb is a good option in almost any scenario because you have the pot odds to make the limp. you may end up losing more hands than winning them however its profitable on the long run to limp on sb.
October 10th, 2015, 8:28 PM
Online Poker at: pokerstars
re: Poker & Limping from SB
yep ,standard. moral of the story. DONT LIMP!
October 11th, 2015, 5:44 PM
Poker at: PokerStars
Game: NL Hold'em
Limping is probably the worst way to see the flop. You let too many players to see the flop
October 12th, 2015, 6:53 AM
Online Poker at: ACR
I agree that limping is almost always bad in general, but limping from the small blind is an exception. I don't like playing large pots out of position, so I'm not a fan of raising blind vs blind very often. There's nothing wrong with just limping and keeping the pot small.
October 12th, 2015, 6:56 AM
It is usually bad because you will end up playing out of position no matter what. At the best you can do is probably raise and feel your opponents see how they react to your raise and go from there.
October 12th, 2015, 8:05 AM
Either enter the hand with a raise, or dont enter it at all.
October 12th, 2015, 9:04 AM
re: Poker & Limping from SB
For the most part, I don't like limping in on the small blind, especially in late stages of a tournament. It's very spewy because you most likely wont hit many flops that strong and you'll likely check/fold or get into a situation where you bet out and face a big raise. Both can be easily avoided by simply folding or raising/shoving from the small blind.
I, honestly, just don't find it profitable to limp in the small blind when blinds are high. Maybe when stacks are deep, I might limp in with hands like 56s or small pairs and try to hit a flop strong. But when stacks are only 20BBs and there are a lot of limpers in already, you should be looking to either fold your hand for a better spot or if it's good enough to limp in with, it's good enough to raise and pick up all that dead money. I think a big raise/shove from the SB with a 15-20BB stack when there are a lot of limpers is a great spot to pick up a decent sized pot uncontested and something to have in your arsenal, especially when mixed in with lots of blind stealing and restealing from button and blinds.
I think most of the time, folding is the better option, save that half blind for a better position to get your money in.