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Poker tip – Open limping in limit holdem is one of the worst mistakes you can make

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Specifically, I’m referring to open limping in middle or late position. Sometimes it can be OK to limp in early position with some speculative hands if the game conditions are right (loose and passive), but typically you will want to avoid this unless you feel comfortable with it. Likewise, it can sometimes be profitable to limp bigger hands like AK and AQ in early position if the game is tight and passive, however under most circumstances you won’t want to do this.

In middle/late position, the chances of winning the blinds are now so great that any hand that you decide to play should be worth a raise. The reason for this is that by raising, you give yourself a much larger chance of winning the pot.

There is a chance that everyone may fold, allowing you to take it down right there. If someone does call, you now have the lead in the hand which is a very good place to be. Now even if you miss the flop, you have the opportunity to possibly take it down simply by following up with more aggression.

Poker tip   Open limping in limit holdem is one of the worst mistakes you can make

Also, if you don’t raise, you give other people behind you the opportunity to outflop you with hands they may have folded if you had raised. If you find yourself in middle or late position before the flop and everyone has folded to you, you have two options – raise, or fold. If you don’t feel comfortable raising with your hand, then fold it – don’t call