9♠9♣ vs Three Limpers, what do you do here?
DECISION POINT: In a Tournament where blinds are 1200/2400, two Early Position players and a Middle Position player limp into the pot. You are in MP2 with 9♠9♣ and action is on you. What do you do here?
PRO ANSWER: We are dealt pocket 9s in Middle Position with just over 15 big blinds. All three players to our right limp in front of us. Sometimes players will limp in Early Position with big hands, particularly when they are short-stacked. In this situation however, most of the table is fairly deep stacked so the most likely explanation for the Early Position limpers are that they want to see a flop.
With pocket 9s, our hand is WELL ahead of ranges that “want to see a flop”. We also have 15 big blinds, which is a prime stack to reshove or shove over limpers. There are over 13,000 chips in the middle which already represents over a ⅓ increase to our stack, and we likely have an equity edge over everyone who has voluntarily entered the pot thus far.
Given our hand, our opponent’s likely hand ranges, the amount of money in the middle, and our equity edge this is an excellent spot to move all-in and try and pick up a large chunk of chips uncontested.
If we fail to pickup an uncontested pot, we are still likely in a spot where we will have significant equity in a reasonably large pot.
Moving all-in is the best play.
What would you do here?
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