Generally when a pot is killed tight games get tighter, and loose games get looser, I really do not know what people are thinking in kill pots. Does position become more important? Should you play more hands, less hands?

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    "...please disqualify yourself from answering". Please stop giving orders and being rude to other users. In another comment you asked an user to "think" and "please delete your question". Now you're asking others to "please disqualify yourself from answering". I'm sorry but that is extremely rude and this is not how StackExchange works. Nobody would be losing anything if you were to begin to show some courtesy in your questions / comments / meta posts. Nov 5, 2014 at 13:57
  • Perhaps there is no need for those distinctions Jon, as the voting system would filter out poor answers anyway.
    – Toby Booth
    Nov 6, 2014 at 0:46
  • So are there any requests for clarifications?
    – Jon
    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:06
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    Probably, just add a short link/explanation of what a kill game is.
    – Toby Booth
    Nov 6, 2014 at 12:45
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    I added a tag, with definition and links to more info.
    – Jon
    Nov 6, 2014 at 20:06

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My answers are predicate on a Limit game. I've never seen a kill on anything but a Limit game.

  • Does position become more important?

The forced action gets expensive quickly, so being behind the kill is a huge advantage, but otherwise, the "rules" of position are pretty much the same as normal. E.g. play weak holdings less often in early position.

When you have the kill, and you are better than your opponents, defend it with your life. If you have the kill, and are worse than your opponents, let it go. The game simply plays bigger.

  • Should you play more hands, less hands?

I tend to play more kill hands because the bets feel bigger, and opponents are scared of the bet sizing. You can induce a lot of poor play just being aggressive, when simple aggression doesn't typically work in a Limit game. Many players "won't pay more than $X" on a draw in Limit, regardless of the correctness of that call.


I do not profess to be an expert with kill pots or straddles. But, my understanding is that it should not change your starting hands, but it should change your opening raise size. There's enough money committed to the pot that you should take into account your X sizing as well as ALL of the pot.

It's generally a mistake to raise 3X of the kill if there's other limpers in there. You should remember to calculate the pot as a function of all limpers and then 3X raise the pot (or whatever other X you think makes sense).

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    While I suppose it may be done in no limit, kill games are typically played in limit games. Sometimes in hold'em, much more often in Omaha 8 or better.
    – Jon
    Nov 6, 2014 at 20:13
  • I've never seen a kill in anything but a Limit structure. Sep 8, 2015 at 21:59

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