Why Limping Is Bad in Poker?

Be it online poker or playing live poker offline there are certain moves or strategies that are unlikely to work ever and limping is one of those strategies.


Many players who are new to the poker online game might not know much about this strategy. Limping is entering a pot by just calling the big blind amount when the action gets to you instead of raising. It’s unlikely to help you win during a poker tournament as it won’t achieve any of the key goals that an online poker player wants to accomplish. It won’t thin the field, it won’t help  the player to define your opponents’ holdings, and it can put the player in tough situations.


Usually inexperienced online poker players often limp, especially in live poker tournaments. They do it assuming that it will give them an opportunity to see more flops for cheap with a high potential of getting lucky.  In the long term, limping should ideally be avoided and below are some of the reasons why it isn’t considered a good approach.


You Won’t Win More Pots: The common explanation that players who limp give is if I limp, the more aggressive opponents will make a smaller raise, so I will be able to call and see the flop. In the long run if your game-plan is to see as many flops as you can and wait for luck to shine on you then you’re almost destined to fail.


The sum you can lose by chasing a favourable flop might be so huge that you just won’t be able to make up for it when you eventually hit the gin. Even if you flop the immortal nuts, your opponent will still need to have a pretty decent hand to pay you off. And, if you always play fit or fold, once you come out firing, they might figure out something isn’t right and get out of dodge.


You Can’t Take Control of The Pot:  While playing live poker tournaments, limping won’t give you an opportunity to control the pot. Instead it allows the opponents to see flops for cheap and you also won’t be able to figure out the kind of hands you will be up against. In poker it’s good to get a session where you get hit hard by the deck, but it happens once in a blue moon. Good online poker players know that they need to win a few pots every session which don’t belong to them to survive. To win pots, players should take control over them, and they won’t achieve that by a passive approach, i.e. limping and calling raises.


It’s Bad Against Good Players: Limping in soft games is easy but certainly not against the good players.  First of all, you’re probably not limping with all of your hands. You’re still raising the strongest ones and discarding the weakest ones. So, when you limp in, you’ll have what’s known as the “capped” range.


For instance, you limp in and the flop comes A, K, 6. A good player knows that you can’t have very many strong hands on this texture. You’re raising your Aces, Kings, and Ace-King. This information can be good enough for them to blow you off the pot.


If they know that the best you can have here is a weak ace, they can apply a lot of pressure and force you to fold even if they have missed the flop entirely.