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Is it ever ok to limp preflop? Beginner question

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Considering there is a negative connotation with limping in, which makes you look weak, is it ever OK to limp in preflop?

In what situations does limping preflop work and should it be used as part of a bluff if you have good hole cards?

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Yes, you can. However there are no hard and fast rules as to when it's appropriate. It's almost always dependent on the table and stakes you are playing.

Ted Forrest is a well-known pro who uses open-limping frequently, and has written about how to use it.

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if there are 4 or more players who have limped in before you and you have position it doesnt matter how bad your cards are, either limp in or raise. If you raise youll possibly get the blinds. If you limp and hit the flop hard you play it for max value. If you miss the flop or hit it weak you fold to nearly any bet. If you have a decent hand, bet it and isolate.


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Is it ever ok to limp preflop? Beginner question

up vote 14 down vote

Considering there is a negative connotation with limping in, which makes you look weak, is it ever OK to limp in preflop?

In what situations does limping preflop work and should it be used as part of a bluff if you have good hole cards?


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Yes, you can. However there are no hard and fast rules as to when it's appropriate. It's almost always dependent on the table and stakes you are playing.

Ted Forrest is a well-known pro who uses open-limping frequently, and has written about how to use it.

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Interesting. Could you link any of his work? - Charlie Jun 11 '17 at 15:07

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