This is a discussion on Small Ball vs Ep limper within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; so lets assume we are at the 50/100 stage of a tournament and we are kinda aggresive playing hands like Axs or suited connectors ,
so lets assume we are at the 50/100 stage of a tournament and we are kinda aggresive playing hands like Axs or suited connectors , now we are utg+1 and we are dealt 87s or something similar but the player before us limped in what are we supposed to do? i have some trouble figuring that .
If he raised instead i would probably fold because it would be a theoritical mistake to call and it would be hard to bluff him out of the pot but i dont really know how to react against a limp , if i 4bb raise i risk too much of my stack in ep and i cant really play for a small pot if i flop medium pair and limpers usually dont surrender easily , if i limp then i may get raised and i lose bluff equity , the only options to me seems fold or 2.5bb raise but i will get called by the limper.
any ideas what to do?
29th May 2012, 2:54 PM
Poker at: pokerstars
87s UTG+1 is a pretty standard fold imo.
29th May 2012, 2:59 PM
Online Poker at: PStars
Game: STT / MTSNG
Research small ball
29th May 2012, 3:15 PM
Poker at: Poker Stars
Game: Holdem MTT
Small ball is not as simple as go ahead and play suited connectors and aces when you have them - there are several qualifiers for these types of hands - not the least of which is position. Generally speaking, that hand is an easy fold as it does not meet the criteria needed to play it.
If you are learning small ball via Negreanu material then pay particular attention to the and's, ifs, or buts and the way he qualify's hands.
29th May 2012, 3:17 PM
re: Poker & Small Ball vs Ep limper
Forget small ball, at least for now. It's not an easy style to play well, and even more so if, as your question seems to indicate, you have yet to understand where, when and and why it's a good fit vs not so good.
2nd June 2012, 3:26 AM
Poker at: absolutepoke
Game: hold em
Yeah it's a lot more difficult than negreanu makes it out to be on the videos