Definition of Limp In

What does the term "limp in" mean in poker? What is the definition of the term "limp in" as it applies to the game of poker?

If somebody calls pre-flop instead of raising or folding, they are said to have "limped in" to the pot.

Definition of term Limp In - Poker Dictionary - ExampleLet's look at an example shall we?


Action folds around to you on the button. You look down at Kd-5d. You throw in a call, which is also known as "limping in". The SB folds, while the BB checks.


Stronger players tend to avoid limping in pre-flop. By putting in a raise, you get a better idea of what other people in the hand might have, plus there is always the chance that everybody will fold and you'll take down the pot uncontested.

"Limping" in early position is an especially easy way to get picked off by better players. Let's say that you are the first to act pre-flop. Let's say that you look at down 8c-7s and decide to limp in. What do you do if the button decides to put in a raise? What happens if you call? You are now out of position with a weak hand. What happens if the flop comes down Kd-Kh-Qh? Unless the flop hits you just perfectly, you are almost certain to fold to a continuation bet from the aggressor, and you will have just wasted money.


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