Playing Against Limpers / Heavy Callers

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How do you guys like to handle a table full of call-happy limpers (amateurs, basically gamblers)?

Personally, I like to play a bit tighter, but more aggressive on the hands I do play. These players in the long run that call everything make us money, but playing against 5-6 at a time makes it harder for your hand to stick and also harder to bluff. Especially when 90+% of hands are going to show down.
 
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I don't mind it personally. I feel playing against a table full of limpers gives you the opportunity to limp some marginal hands to see a flop. Then you can play aggressive post flop and have a good advantage against your opponent. If you get a premium starting hand you have to overbet it though. You will most likely still get a caller or two, but scooping limps pre isn't a bad thing either.

With the heavy calling side of things that makes it very hard to bluff. So all play is fairly straight forward. Give them a good amount to call against if you have the nuts and you're just printing.
 
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Select play and new horizons..

If full table of limpers and call anything, just be selective. If the blinds aren't much, you can gamble, if you can get them in a trapping scenario. When blinds go up, have to be more selective, not worth gambling when each blind eats into your stack.
Also, have an open mind: if it's a casino, play the full table cautiously. Meeting all those bets isn't cheap. I don't hesitate in the casino to go to another table, with more reasonable players.
 
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How do you guys like to handle a table full of call-happy limpers (amateurs, basically gamblers)?

Personally, I like to play a bit tighter, but more aggressive on the hands I do play. These players in the long run that call everything make us money, but playing against 5-6 at a time makes it harder for your hand to stick and also harder to bluff. Especially when 90+% of hands are going to show down.



Hello.
Such situations do not affect my tactics. I am just trying to wait patiently for a good situation and double my stack. This tactic always allows me to increase my bankroll.
 
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Hello.
I play tight, mostly top 10% and it works.
 
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Hi!!!

What I do is play much tighter. Also, if I know they are calling stations, I never bluff them on the river, because they are able to call you with a botom pair and a very low kicker, or even Ace high that I want him fold.
The same on flop and turn, if I know they call the Cbet with anything, if I don't get something on the flop, I don't bet, and even more so if I know that he is not going to bet.
 
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You have to adapt to the table and only reraise with pairs made preflop and also take the opportunity to limp with suits hands and small pairs looking to connect a set and take advantage of your opponents, the downside of playing multiway pots with several limpers is that can beat your brodway or premium hands such as: AK AQ KQ KJ you have to re-raise a bit with position to try to isolate some players but they will always call you and you must play with great caution if you do not connect anything and if you achieve hitting aggressive play to the flop.
 
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I think my strategy differs significantly from all of those above- I just play my normal range and punish their limping, raising to 4bb+1 per limper from the CO and BTN. And if there is someone who sticks around regularly after being raised to 5bb, that number can start going up; there are some players playing like 70/6 who are getting hit up to 8bb (this is particularly the case if they show down a premium after raising preflop, which gives them a capped range). Then they are playing out of position, with a weaker overall range, and fewer nut hands in a pot with a low effective SPR. This is a super-profitable position to be in.

In tournaments when short stacked I simply ignore the limping, particularly from villains I have covered, and jam my usual range. Most of the time it just adds some extra juice to the pot as they fold pre.
 
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When a lot of players limp before you, you need to think about the size of the raise to reduce the number of players on the preflop. But if they are ready to call with any hands, then this is a problem. Everyone gets their outs on the flop, so there's no point in building up the pot. You can forget about bluffing. I concentrate on other players ' bets and calculate my chances of improving.
 
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This is an ideal situation for me. I just get to the point where I play premium and it allows me to build my stack for those middle game times when I need the chips. It helps clear them out of a tournament really fast and makes cash games more profitable. Just play tight aggressive and this becomes your table.
 
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it depends on the stack I think, probably I should raise more often, but sometimes it pains
 
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I try to play these type of players in position. Raise your best hands to isolate them and execute max pain. Pay attention on what hands they take to showdown and what bet sizing they are using with made/no made hands if they are aggressive. Keep notes and exploit.
 
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Yeah. When I first started playing poker I almost quit playing when I kept seeing the pros limp in every hand. Seemed exactly like the blackjack table when you are expected to hit a 16 even though all night long it would have busted you.

I figured I am not wasting my time limping in, unless I have a crap hand because I like people to pay to see the next card. They are not going to see the next card for free.
 
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You can't bluff against limpers, as they pay all the streets and it is better to wait for the situation and win with a strong hand, naturally playing it aggressively and as hard as possible. This is a basic rule if the table is noob, you can bluff more often and if the opposite is true, then it is desirable to play narrowly
 
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How do you guys like to handle a table full of call-happy limpers (amateurs, basically gamblers)?

Personally, I like to play a bit tighter, but more aggressive on the hands I do play. These players in the long run that call everything make us money, but playing against 5-6 at a time makes it harder for your hand to stick and also harder to bluff. Especially when 90+% of hands are going to show down.
Patience and choose your moments. Relax, you're at an ATM.
 
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How do you guys like to handle a table full of call-happy limpers (amateurs, basically gamblers)?

Personally, I like to play a bit tighter, but more aggressive on the hands I do play. These players in the long run that call everything make us money, but playing against 5-6 at a time makes it harder for your hand to stick and also harder to bluff. Especially when 90+% of hands are going to show down.

I agree with Tazer...you get to limp hands and see the flop and even bluff a little...build your chip stack so that when in later stages of a tournament you can compete with the bigger stacks...but sometimes you get caught up in nonsense with bad beat hands.
 
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Some things you can do to combat limpers:
1. isolate them, raise in position and then usually cbet
2. adjust your raise size for value
3. in a freeroll, if there is a bunch of players trying to play hands with sitters you can just shove and if you lose just move on to another game where the players are not trying to waste everyones time
 
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Hello.
Such situations do not affect my tactics. I am just trying to wait patiently for a good situation and double my stack. This tactic always allows me to increase my bankroll.
Hello! I think that's what we all do in some way. Expect a decent hand 10/10 J/J and up, even lower pairs, but we have to clean up a couple of players. it is not the same to play against 2 players, to play against 5 that matched. Just call in that case, we would be risking a lot. RAISE and try to steal the maximum number of chips!
 
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with premium hands, limpers need to be isolated with big raises preflop, so we get more from them preflop + there is a chance that they will have something on the flop and then they will fully pay you for your AA), so most often it will be aggressive against limpers that will work strategy
 
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