Originally Posted by IrishDave
First to even min-raise UTG with 7-2 is idiotic. If you want to try to steal (silly at 10-20 blinds) at least push a reasonable raise. Then to call a significant raise is again something I cannot understand. I've said it before, it's like throwing your money in the pot and playing showdown....
Dave, you only know what he had because the hand was played to the end, and he has no idea what you had. He's shown you strength (of sorts) raising (OK only negligible) then calling your re-raise - again, you only know now what he had, but if the hand doesn't get to showdown that's irrelevant. If the flop was raggy and you didn't show strength you'd probably fold, and he'd win the hand - maybe he had seen something previously in your play. I do this time to time - sometimes it works, more often it doesn't. Once the cards flopped, all this was out the window - he had a big hand that he was going to play to the end - I cant imagine he called thinking he would be ahead post flop, or that he had correct pot odds
Poker (no limit) isn't all about the cards you are dealt and whether you hit or miss flops - it's also about when you bet, how much you bet, whether you call etc etc. If you can make the odd play like this, when you do happen to hit one, you can take a monster pot (though obviously you wont last long if you over-do it).
Re levels, I run a smallish bankroll as I try and withdraw money to subsidise other expenditure, but i've played one $100 and one $50 Sng on Noble, and I won them both. There were some players i noted that were repeatedly playing $100 level, that were rubbish in my opinion. Conversely you can play $5 SnG's and be comprehensively outplayed by 3 or 4 players. To some extent, I would say higher levels are easier to play than lower, because you can get a feel for opponents (they will often play the same way you would in those circumstances), and they are more alert to possible danger flops (and therefore more likely to lay down to a bluff). You've also got to realise that $5 is a lot of money to one person whilst $20 is peanuts to another.