OOP With Limpers?

I mentioned in the last section that a common leak among players at these limits is not increasing their raise size to compensate for limpers. Well the same thing goes for when they are in the blinds. As I said before, there is nothing worse than taking a hand to the flop with half the table involved. It will be much harder to win the pot than if it was heads up or even two-way for instance. Well actually I lied. There is something worse. Seeing a flop with half the table and having to act first on every street!

I mentioned before that you need to add one big blind per limper. You should also add another big blind per limper if you are in the blinds. This is to compensate for your positional disadvantage.

Always remember that when you are OOP you especially want to dissuade others from playing a pot with you. You should be happy to take it down right now. This is because you won’t win the pot nearly as much of the time when you are OOP. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking down all those dead blinds right now. Think of it this way, you’ve now paid for a free orbit or two without even having to see a flop!

And while a small thing, adding the extra big blind will also ensure that the pot size is larger than normal on the flop. This actually helps us because it lowers the stack to pot ratio (SPR). The less manoeuvrability that there is after the flop, the less position matters.

Example: Blinds are 1c/2c

In the BB you have,

And there are two limpers.
You should raise it to 8x = 16c (4x standard + 2x for the limpers + 2x for the positional disadvantage).

Example: Blinds are 1c/2c.

In the SB you have,

And there are three limpers.
You should raise it to 11x = 22c (6x standard + 3x for the limpers + 2x for the positional disadvantage).*

*When there are three or more limpers and I am OOP I may cap my raise size so that the pot doesn’t get too big and prevent me from getting any action.

Example: Blinds are 2c/5c.

In the SB you have,

And there is one limper.
You should raise it to 6x = 30c (4x standard + 1x for the limper + 1x for the positional disadvantage).

Example: Blinds are 2c/5c.

In the big blind you have,

And there are two limpers.
You should raise it to 8x = 40c (4x standard + 2x for the limpers + 2x for the positional disadvantage).

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