What is an Open Limp in Poker?

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Last Updated: December 28, 2023

Open Limp

An open limp in poker is when a player enters the pot by calling instead of raising. Being the first player to limp into the pot is generally a poor strategic decision and is considered a weak play.

Open Limp Poker Example:

Let’s say you’re playing a $2/$4 and are seated in the lojack position. You decide just to call $4 instead of raising. This is considered open limping, as you’re announcing that your hand isn’t strong enough to raise, but you don’t want to fold.

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