Today we are going to look at having a balanced limping strategy in 6Plus Hold’em games. If you are not yet familiar with this new up and coming action-packed game check out the introduction post we made HERE.
Why should we limp hands?
When we limp a balanced range of holdings in short deck poker, this allows us to be unpredictable, meaning just because we have limped we may have AA, KK, QQ or just 8 7, 9 10, J 9 for example.
This allows us to get to flops cheaply in the long run with some holdings, as we will have many check raises in our range. For example, if our opponents always raise us with AJo and AQo and we are including AK, JJ, QQ, KK and AA in our limp reraising hands, they are always going to be seriously behind in the long run when they put in further action to our limp raises.
This, in turn, allows for us to limp other less strong hands and play post flop for a cheaper price. As if we only ever limped our less strong holdings our opponents could easily raise us knowing we are defending too wide of a range.
Getting better pot odds for lucrative hands
When we limp hands like 87s and J9s for example, if we do face a raise of say 5x the blind, by the time the action comes back to us we are getting great pot odds on calling the raise with the added money in the pot from the other players as equities in Short deck Hold’em run very closely.
Allow our opponents to make mistakes
With limp re-raises, we open the door to our opponents making big mistakes by calling us too lightly. Here is an example where we limped in first position with K♥ K♠, we then get raised to $2.75 from our opponent, allowing us to reraise for the remaining stack of chips they have left, which they end up calling all in with just 9♦ 9♣ Giving them around 29% equity in the hand, making us a big favourite in the long run we will win this nearly 3/4 times.
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Flop mining against what is likely to be a stronger hand
We can take flops against our opponents who are only making large raises with premium holdings, look to flop a lot of equity against them or just fold on bad flops. Bad players cannot get away from these premium holdings once they have started to put money in the pot, so if we can take our small pocket pairs for example and flop a set VS our opponent’s overpair, the money is likely to go in with us at a big advantage.
Playing with a balanced limping strategy makes a lot of sense in Short deck poker.
- It allows us to get good pot odds to get involved in multiway pots.
- It makes us unpredictable and less easy to read when we have a strong hand.
- It allows us to trap our opponents into calling all-ins when they think we are weak due to limping into the pot.
- It allows us to get heads up against opponents for larger pots, giving us a better chance to win with more dead money in the pots from players who call initial raises but will not call an all in.
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