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What do you think about the limp strategy with small pocket pairs?
Like 22 an 33 trying to play small pots?
It depends on what position I'm sitting at the table, how many players are in the hand and how strong are they. But actually these little pairs are reason enough for me to simply fold them. I rarely play them.
Hi Gusborgs22. I'm like most. Position and stack size makes the difference. Like UTG, I will try to limp, hoping for no raise, but most of the time there is a raise, and I just gave away my money, since I will fold them. However, most of the time, I fold them in early position, but like in the SB or BB, the cost is what I look at. But you know what? Watch out, because there are player who will not lay down any pair or any A with whatever. GL you all
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We will very often get raised from a very wide range, where the odds of winning a stack with a set are extremely low. It's not enough for us to catch a set, we also need the oppos to hit the flop decently with their KJo.
And in general, playing with open limps is allowed only in small blinds ~ <100. At further levels, if you don't like the raise, then the only alternative is to fold.
We see questions like this all the time here. I think too many people make the mistake of assuming there is a set or preferred way to play any hand. There are way too many variables, and no details. In my book, judging your opponents' style(s) is half the game. Then there are odds that have to be considered. And sometimes you just have to go with gut instincts.
Easiest hands to play. You either hit your set or you dont plain simple.
Well dont open in early positions but if table is relatively passive you can limp those whenever you want. Or call raises with enough of players in the pot.
I am not a big fan of limping because you are throwing the fold equity you would get by raising, but if you do limp its important to make sure the effective stack sizes are at least 30bbs so when you do hit your set you get paid enough to make it worth it.
Depends on situation. Limping is fine. Threebetting in position against tight players is fine too. Anyway, if you play small PPs always the same way then it's a mistake.
Just don't go all in with them unless you are down to a few BBs. I see some players threebet all in with small PPs when they have 10 to 20 BBs left. Dumb as F. Best you can hope for is a coin flip unless the other player is dumber than you and calling you with an even smaller PP. (I did see that though with two guys 55 vs. 44. I slapped my forehead cuz I folded 88. I opened with it and then the action went threebet and fourbet all in. I folded, and the 44 guy called. I marked both of'em though. For future reference.)
I'm not a big fan of limping. However, I have to admit there are situations when it’s not a bad idea. I think it’s a good idea in the early stages of a tournament, or if it doesn’t cost much to watch the flop.