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Punishing Limpers - Did I Do It Properly?

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  • Punishing Limpers - Did I Do It Properly?

    This was pretty early in a knockout MTT. I had been sitting tight, not doing anything for about fifteen hands, then this interesting opportunity came by. In the cutoff, I was dealt a decent suited king, and as was the norm at this table, there were limpers entering pots all the time. I was watching, and there was actually only one guy who was raising preflop at all (and I was going to 3bet him here if he raised again, just because of how active he had been, but he folded).

    With my decent holding and position, I decided to pound on the limpers, because I didn't think they'd be limping with very good hands. Especially since they were limping with more than half the hands they were dealt. On the flop, I got a pair and a flush draw (the absolute nuts, I believe ), which I figured was good enough to barrel the flop and jam the river. I figured that if I was going to play this hand at all, it had to be really aggressively to get the stations to back off, or not at all. I wanted to chip up, so I took the former approach.

    Did I get the punishing limpers concept right, or was this just a bad play with a marginal holding? Let me know.


    PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, 1.4 Tournament, 20/40 Blinds (9 handed) - PokerStars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com

    MP1 (t3555)
    MP2 (t1790)
    MP3 (t3655)
    Panicky (CO) (t1775)
    Button (t1635)
    SB (t338)
    BB (t2620)
    UTG (t1820)
    UTG+1 (t2152)

    Panicky's M: 29.58

    Preflop: Panicky is CO with 8, K
    UTG calls t40, UTG+1 calls t40, 1 fold, MP2 calls t40, 1 fold, Panicky bets t300, 3 folds, UTG calls t260, 2 folds

    Flop: (t740) 4, 8, 9 (2 players)
    UTG checks, Panicky bets t400, UTG calls t400

    Turn: (t1540) 4 (2 players)
    UTG checks, Panicky bets t1075 (All-In)

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    Calling stations are named that for a reason. They will call down very marginally. One line I like to take with them, is play very strong hands and make sure you hit the flop real hard, then value bet them(calling stations) to no end umbup: (AT ALL COSTS NEVER BLUFF A CALLING STATION!!!) I think your hand was a little to marginal IMO to take such a strong aggressive line vs calling station. Next time have the pckt 9's Hopefully this helps, if not sorry, just another opinon.....
    Last edited by DONKEYSPIKER; Wed Feb 16, 2011, 08:47 AM. Reason: TYPO

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    • #3
      I like the post flop play, but with K8s your preflop raise was basically a semi-bluff, since you can expect one of the limpers to hold atleast a slightly better hand than you. Like Donkeyspiker said, not really a good idea to be bluffing (or semibluffing) calling stations.

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