Stop Open Limping - Doug Hull
Trying out the ideas from Doug Hull's article in 10 Things Good Poker Players Do
Would appreciate any feedback, suggestions, criticisms, thoughts or ideas.
Stop Open Liming - Doug Hull (Summarized)
The only unraised pots I should be in are those where I am in the Big Blind and check my option.
Do not limp into any pots.
I may call a raise and play poker. Just make sure that I consider three betting or folding before I call.
If no one has entered the pot raise to 6X. With one limper raise to 7.5X Two or three limpers 10X or 11X. Four limpers raise to 12.5X. We raise to capitalize on our opponents mistakes and cause them to make bigger mistakes later. Most opponents limp into pots with a wide, weak range. Punish them.
By making a large raise pre-flop we take our opponents out of their comfort zone. They mostly just fold to us. Furthermore, we are most likely going to face one opponent rather than four.
1. Don't limp.
2. Raise bigger pre-flop.
3. Consider re-raising or folding before calling a raise.
4. Want to limp - see Rule One.
5. Seriously - see Rule One.
1/16/2016 - Venetian $1-2 Las Vegas (My stack was between150X to 200X for the session)
After 2 opponents limped; I PFR 10X (AA) all folded,
After 2 opponents limped; I PFR 10X (AA) all folded
After 2 opponents limped; IPFR 10X (K7s) CO all folded
After 1 opponent limped; I PFR 7.5X (QJo) BUT all folded
After 1 opponent limped; I PFR 7.5X (AKs) EP all folded
After 1 opponent limped; I PFR 7.5X (T8o) BUT all folded
After 1 opponent limped; I PFR 7.5X (77) EP all folded
After 1 opponent limped; I PFR 7.5X (22) BUT all folded
After 1 opponent limped; I PFR 7.5X (KTo) BUT all folded
After 4 opponents limped; IPFR 13.5X (44) BB all folded
I open PFR 6X from EP with my EP range (22+, AXs, All suited broadways, 76s+, AQo+) and everyone folded several times.
I open PFR 6X from EP (66) (150X stack);
A very tight non-gambling type player 3Bet to 15X (135X remaining in stack). If I called the SPR would be 4.5. Not a good situation for a small pocket pair against a player marked with a big pair or big over cards. I folded.
BUT straddle 2X; all folded to me in CO I PFR 10X (22) all folded
UTG PFR 3.5X;
I 3Bet 13X SB (AA) all folded
UTG+1 PFR 3.5X (200X stack);
I 3Bet 11X CO (QQ);
UTG+1 4Bet 32.5X (200X stack); I folded (He was a very tight non-gambling type player. Never saw him put big money in the pot without a big hand. I didn't think he would 4Bet without AA or KK)
Previously (I saw him PFR 3.5X ;
His opponent 3Bet to 7.5X;
He 4Bet 50X and showed KK when she folded.
I saw him raise to 3.5X & fold pocket JJ (face up) to an 11X 3Bet.
I also saw him check a Q high straight on the river
MP3 PFR 4.5X 200X stack;
BUT CCR 125X stack;
I 3Bet 18X SB (AKo) )150X stack) SB;
MP2 & MP3 folded;
BUT 4Bet 45X (125X stack); I folded (This opponent was new to the table. I had not seen him raise previously. This was a strange play, calling a raise on the BUT, then 4Betting. Nevertheless he put over 1/3 of his stack in pre-flop indicating he wanted to play for stacks. I'm not confident playing in this situation whether to stack off or muck) (Following the principle that opponents are not bluffing enough for big bets; I folded.)
UTG limped 20X stack;
BUT PFR 3.5X (100X stack);
I 3Bet 11X AQo SB 150X stack all folded
I PFR 6X UTG AcQc; (47%)
MP1 3BetAI 24.5X all-In (9c9s); (53%)
All others folded I called. Board ran out all under cards. His 99 won (He had open shoved or 3BetAI on several occasions with a short stack, but no one had called. I was confident that he was doing it wider than QQ+, AK)
I plugged the numbers into the EV calculator
If you win, what is your expected profit? (64) ($3 blinds, my $12 raise, his $49 shove = $64 - $5 rake = $59)
If I lose, what is my expected loss? (37)
From o% to 100%, how often do you expect to win this pot? (47)
Your expected value is: (8)
Did I use the EV calculator correctly?
Aggressive LAG UTG PFR 5X;
I 3Bet 15X CO (QJo) all folded (He was raising frequently but, folding to 3Bets)
Aggressive LAG CO PFR 4X;
I 3Bet 19X (AKo) SB all folded. CO is same player as the hand above. He usually raised to 5X. All stacks were 150X effective.