Limping Aces

Limping Aces - Possibly the most reliable way to get action on your big hands in a Super Turbo is by limping with AA or KK hoping to get called or raised by hands that would have folded if you would have raised.

This play has been stigmatized in the past by those who point out it's flaws, but in a Super Turbo these flaws seldom ever apply.

When stacks are deeper such as they are in a cash game, and multi-table tournament or in the early stages of a regular sit-n-go, limping AA or KK does have it's drawbacks.

If you limp with 50BBs then someone raises behind you and you limp-reraise them, you might as well just show them your hand. It's pretty obvious you have AA or KK. And they can throw away their hand with no further damage.

But in a Super Turbo, when someone raises behind you, it's almost always an all-in, so they are trapped for their whole stack.

So what about balancing your range? If you only limp with AA and KK and nothing else, won't you be easy to read? Yes and no. Yes, the players you play with a lot will pretty much know what you have. You're not expecting to trick them.

These players would fold almost everything anyway if you raised instead of limping, because that is the correct play especially early in the Super Turbo.

For example, if you open raise or push from early position during the early part of the SNG, a good player will fold AQ, 99 or worse, and the best players will even dump TT and AK if they know my shoving range early in a super. So if I limp and they know I have a monster and they fold one of those hands, I am not losing anything. They were untrappable.

None of them are probably confident enough in their read to throw away QQ if I limp. But maybe JJ.

All of the other average to weak players never seem to pick up on it. They shove over my limps with AJ, 77 and often hands way weaker than those.

Another flaw of limping aces and other big pairs ...

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