So you just completed the limper quiz, thanks for playing!
Maybe you got all 5 correct and you just want a review to stay on top of your game. Maybe you struggled a bit and you’re here to plug some leaks. Either way, congrats on working to improve your game.
Let’s get started.
Live $1/$3. The LoJack open limps and it folds to you in the Cutoff. Which hand would you raise?
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When the LoJack limps and you’re in the Cutoff you’re going to want to play tighter then you would if the action had folded to you.
88 is by far the strongest of these three hands, which is why it is definitely a mandatory raise.
The Lab ranges list KTo and T8s as hands in the teal category, which means optional. You could raise, limp or fold with them depending on the stack sizes, your opponent and how strong you perceive their limp to be.
Live $5/$5. The Cutoff open limps and you’re on the Button. Which hand would you limp behind?
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All of these hands are easily strong enough hands to open raise from the Button, but you’ll want to tighten up against a limper.
96s is by far the weakest of these three hands as both 66 and A5s rank quite high. This makes 96s the best hand to limp behind against the Cutoff here.
100NL on PokerStars. The HiJack limps and it folds to your Small Blind. Which hand would you raise?
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This one is a bit trickier for a couple reasons:
- You’re out of position
- The raw all-in equities don’t match up with the answer
Both 66 and ATo have better all-in equity than QJs, but that’s a deceptive fact in this hand.
If our raise is called there is going to be some postflop play and thus skill elements. QJs will likely realize the most equity out of all three hands postflop.
Although all three hands would be profitable raises in this spot, QJs is the mandatory raise.
Live $1/$2. UTG limps and you are UTG+1. Which hand would you choose to raise?
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This is another close situation.
87s, given the early positions and the strength of the other two hands, is definitely not in the running. It’s close between AQo and 77.
That said, in this situation AQo will tend to have more equity versus the hands you can expect your opponent to be limping, especially when you account for card removal.
- AQo makes it less likely your opponent has a hand like AA, QQ or AK.
- 77 makes it less likely your opponent has 76s, 87s or 77 himself.
Live $5/$10. UTG limps, as does the player in the HiJack. You’re on the Button. Which hand would you limp behind?
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Ending on another tricky one, this time between T9s and 44.
The value of T9s (and AJo for that matter) comes from flopping pairs, draws and/or occasionally bluffing.
The value of 44 mostly comes from flopping a set and it rarely functions as a sensible or enticing bluff.
What we’re essentially doing in this spot is raising hands that will realize equity very well and outperform relative to limping.
A small pocket pair’s functionality is to flop a set and.. that’s pretty much it. So you might as well get in there cheap with that 44 and try to win a big pot relative to what you’re risking.
That’s it for the recap of the quiz. Check out my video article Crush Open Limps Like A High Stakes Pro for more on playing vs limpers.
(Note: Get my personal ranges for playing vs limpers in the Upswing Lab! Members get access to Doug and I’s personal preflop ranges for every situation in live games, cash games and tournaments.)