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ISO Raising, Over-Limping and Over-Calling

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ISO Raising, Over-Limping and Over-Calling

Obviously, we should be punishing limpers and we haven’t discussed about this yet, but I think it’s time to roll out the big gun profits. What you have to understand vs limpers is that they will, most of the times, call your raises so you need to have pretty decent value and top pair material if you want to get any value post-flop.

But why do we isolate the limper? Basically, in general, you can mostly bluff flops heads-up. It’s very hard to convince a calling station to release his hand after calling the flop, and 3-way+ it’s very hard to make both players fold, because the flop will usually hit one of them. This is why it’s vital to be heads up with the recreational limpers, to win a lot more by fold equity. But when they do call the flop, we’d better have a lot of strong hands that we can barrel turns and rivers with, for value.

This is a very good ISO raising range from the MP (we are still restricted to not opening a lot of hands from this position because we have 4 players behind):

MP ISO

We raise hands that can flop strong top pairs and strong draws so we can dominate the limper’s weaker range and extract a lot of value post-flop.

From the CO we can widen our ISO raising range, but not that much, we don’t want to be getting “reverse implied odds” -> basically soul-owning ourselves into value-betting with a worse hand than our opponents’.

CO ISO:

CO ISO

There’s still room for playing more hands, but there’s no reason for raising them, because these hands flop rarely, but hard. So this means that we want to get paid when they hit, and the equivalent to getting paid is having more people in the pot -> it heightens the chances that someone will actually have something to call you down with! Or, you could get two stacks instead of one!

After this description, you’re probably thinking of the hands that we should also limp after someone else limped, but don’t worry too much, here’s the range:

overlimp

Now, if an opponent raised and someone else called, make sure that before calling, your hand doesn’t warrant a SQZ. Maybe the original raiser folds too much to 3-bets, maybe the caller is LP and you’re trying to re-ISO him. Make sure that also, vs both these guys’ ranges, you are ahead of at least half the hands in play. Ideally, when calling a raise, you should be in the top half of the original raiser’s range.

Overcalling range

These are the hands that you should be overcalling as extras (even if you’d be normally folding them pre-flop vs a single raise). Axs gains more value because you flop rare and hard and when you do, having more people into the pot makes it so that you’ll get paid more often. Same idea for the suited broadways and pocket pairs.

Just add the off-suit hands here from your usual calling ranges.

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