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StrategyNo Limit Midstack

MSS Advanced (2) - Preflop I


In this article
  • How you play mid stack strategy before the flop
  • Which hands you should open-raise
  • When it is a good choice to enter the pot passively

This article introduces you to the basics of playing the mid stack strategy preflop and to two different open-raising charts.


You always enter the pot by open-raising. The two charts further down tell you which hands you should open-raise with. A limp is usually not an option. However, there are some exceptions where a limp can make sense.

When playing the MSS, calling for set value before the flop when you have a small pocket pair is generally not profitable, because your implied odds aren't sufficient. This is only the case if you know that the players behind you always over-call or if there are players before you who cold called.

Another factor to consider is your opponent's skill. If the opponent is weak and often pays you off if you hit a set, you should limp for set value more often and even call a raise in certain exceptions.

You only limp if there are already some limpers in the pot and if the threat of a coming raise is relatively small. A limp does not make any sense if a regular behind you will always make an isolation raise. Due to the smaller stack size, you wouldn't be able to call profitably.

The guidelines for limping are similar to those that apply to completing in the small blind. If you complete, you will do so with suited Ax, suited connectors and pockets. Again, there should be two to three limpers before you. The best hands for limping after several callers are low pocket pairs, such as 22-66. With 77+, for example, you should usually raise, depending on the stats you have on the limpers.


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Comments (9)

#1 lincristian, 15 Sep 10 16:06

looking forward new article soon

#2 KidPokersKid, 15 Sep 10 18:23

MORE!, mss is awsome

#3 lincristian, 15 Sep 10 20:34

one question what is the starting hand for MSS ??? is it the same as SSS ???

#4 David, 16 Sep 10 09:16

Hi everyone, the next part of our MSS series will be released very soon :)

@3: Could you please specify your question a bit?

#5 GreenEggs, 23 Sep 10 17:20

Well, this is no good. I can't read it because I don't have enough points. Can't youleave the basic text up for beginners?

#6 David, 24 Sep 10 06:37

@5: Hi GreenEggs, this is unfortunately not possible. But I am sure that you will reach the gold status very soon :)

#7 lincristian, 27 Sep 10 13:24

what i mean is there a starting hand chart for MSS to use ???
like UTG i can play what hand ,in MID i can play what hand ......
is your Standard ORC = starting hand chart ???
sorry my english is not good hope you understand thanks

#8 David, 28 Sep 10 07:52

@7: Hey lincristian, our MSS Standard and extended ORC (Open Raising Chart) - see link above - is of course a SHC = Starting Hand Chart.

#9 lincristian, 02 Oct 10 00:20

thanks you :)