When you see a lot of players doing anything
in poker, beware. The majority (some say 90%) of poker players are losing money in the long run. The fact that some of the limpers in your games win pots here and there isn't really relevant because of the nature of the game; every style is going to win some money sometimes.
There are four reasons that limping hurts your long-term results:
- You have only one way to win: you must make the best hand.
- You allow more people into the pot; multiway pots are always harder to win.
- You signal to the table that you have a weak hand, opening yourself up to exploitation.
- If you are balancing your limping range with strong holdings, you limit the amount you can win with the top of that range.
Solvers may give some spots where limping makes sense; if you plan to implement a perfect solver approach, you should adopt all of its recommendations. But be aware of two things. First, solver strategies work best against perfect opponents; if we are playing in the right games our opponents are very imperfect. Second, most of us will struggle to perfectly implement solver strategies; when we do so, we risk adopting only the easy ones (like limping) while failing to perform well in other more profitable spots. This is a costly mistake.
You can simplify your life: raise to give yourself two ways to win every hand.