Raising From The Blinds w/ Pairs After Limpers

    • Raknyo
      Joined: 15.12.2011 Posts: 422
      Well after a sudden realisation that I don't feel confident enough with how I play at NL10, I have dropped right down to NL2 where hopefully I will regain some of this lost confidence.

      At the moment, I am trying to master pre-flop play (I only play Zoom, I like that I can play a lot of hands in single sitting so I can evaluate them after) and have come across this situation already a couple of times in my first NL2 session.

      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (6 max) ZOOM - Holdem - 6 players

      SB posts SB $0.01, Hero posts BB $0.02

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.03) Hero has 7:diamond: 7:heart:

      UTG calls $0.02, fold, fold, BTN calls $0.02, fold, Hero ?

      I guess that my hand is better than the range of the limpers so should I be raising or just checking?

      Here are some reasons I can think of for both sides of the argument:

      Arguments FOR a raise
      • Build a bigger pot for when I flop a monster.
      • Get value from weaker hands.
      • Could win the 3.5BB pre-flop (not sure if this is good or bad though?)

      Arguments AGAINST a raise
      • Keep these bad players in the hand who may pay off big anyway. (I assume a good player wouldn't open-limp and would attempt to isolate from the button)
      • Could still take it down on certain flops?
      • Will have to play possibly a loose opponent OOP in a semi-sized pot.

      Would love to here what other people do in this situation and also what factors may influence you take a certain line (eg. how does an opponent's tendencies come into play, what if your holding 22 instead, etc.) and also what raise sizing you use.

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