Knocking out

Knocking out opponents and limping in poker

The term UTG in poker is the abbreviated name of the positions – the places at the table to the left of the Blinds. These positions are also called early ones. Their number depends on the number of seats at the table. For example, from a tactical point of view, at a 9-max table, it is customary to single out three late positions, and for 6-max, only one.

Beginner players are often afraid to take the initiative and, getting good cards when other opponents have not gone yet, make a low bet – go into limping trading. Even in early position, this is contraindicated, as there is a risk of getting a multi-pot – letting your opponents enter the market cheaply and see the flop. Therefore, if you enter UTG trades, you should always raise, because if you stick to the recommended range of hands, starting cards will allow you to show aggression. By allowing opponents to bid for a small bet, the player loses the value of hands.

Limp in late position

In some rare cases, limp can still be used to enter trades from a late position, but suitable conditions must be created for this. On the hands must be very strong cards – two Aces or Kings. At the same time, one or several extremely aggressive opponents must act after you, who often enter the trade and always raise. Having provoked them to raise with a small bet, you will only have to make a Reraise, placing more.

In response, the opponent can equal or place a higher bet, for example, to do all-in, which you will need. With two pocket Aces in the game against one opponent, you will have more than 80% chance of winning. The tactical reception of Beth-Raise will allow you to collect a large pot already preflop or even to invest the entire stack in it to get the maximum benefit from such a strong hand.

Being under the gun at the poker table, you should play extremely carefully. It is also important for a beginner to know how to act in other positions, for example – on Button or the Blinds.