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Weekly Poker Hand #70

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Nov 26, '15


I discuss developing a limping strategy when you have a middle stack at a final table and there is an aggressive large stack on your left. These two hands demonstrate how failing to make this adjustment cost Max Steinberg dearly at the 2015 WSOP Final Table.

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Jonathan Little is a two-time World Poker Tour champion with more than $6 million in tournament winnings.

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over 4 years ago

I never like a limp. If you raise w/88 and get 3 bet it's a tough spot. But if you know your opponent is 3 betting with a super wide range you have to be able to shove there. Most times I'm not looking to shove w/40 BB with 88. The default play is to raise and fold to a 3 bet. But if you know that your opponents 3 bet range is huge you have to make a plan ahead of time that if I get 3 bet by Mckeehen and I have a moderate good hand like 88 or AJ that I'm not scared to go broke against that opponent. The premise that Mckeehen is going to play perfect to a 4 bet shove is not correct. ( My definition of perfect is how would you play if the cards were face up) I could see Mckeehen folding 9/10 thru K/J very easily which is not perfect against 88. Now having a great read on Mckeehen range is not easy but if you did then the right play is to raise an 4bet shove. And you have this read with the I know he's going to 3 bet me. Now I think 40 BB is not the spot were most players are ready to put it all in thin. I'm looking to make a move around 20to 25 BB and I'm ready to shove at 10BB. But just because you have 40 BB doesn't mean you let Mcheehen push you around waiting for a nut hand. (Don't be scared to go broke- Doyle Brunson)

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