re: Poker & Adding suited connectors to my range.
Originally Posted by Humps
Firstly you have to be aggressive with SCs....
Ok. Coming late to the discussion, but anyways.... I disagree with the above assertion, for the most part, in the micros.
I would only play SC under very specifc circumstances. This all pertains to my experiences at full-ring low-level micro-stakes, so for 6-max or higher stakes things may be totally different.
Anyway, for me the ideal situation is from LP, deep stacked table, with several EP and/or MP limpers (quite likely at the micros) or, at most a smallish raise and a couple of flat callers in front of me (somewhat less likely, but still happens fairly often at the micros). In short, when I risk only a small % of my stack and hope to flop big or at least a big draw.
If I play them, frequently I'm folding them- but if I do play them, I'm playing them strictly for implied odds value. I'd play them passively from LP, not aggressively. Before everyone cringes and I get flamed, remember we are talking the micros here.
Ask yourself how many times you have raised several EP/MP limpers and all or most of them have folded to your raise. In my experience this seldom happens. Generally, at the micros, if someone limps and/or raises, they are calling your LP raise unless you make it ridiculously large.
Raising with SC, then, would seem to be counter-productive unless 1) the limpers/ min-raisers will fold pre-flop to your aggression (not likely in my experience), or 2) assuming that they do come along that they will fold to a c-bet if you don't flop big (again frquently not likely that they all will fold to a c-bet at the micros).
Remember, they are generally not folding if they caught any part of the flop, they are not usually folding Ax for a single bet or c-bet, and thet are not folding any type of straight and/or flush draw for even a pot-sized bet, they may also not be folding any 2 random broadways either.
C9 and WVH seem to be fans of raising to punish the EP/MP limpers/min-raisers. And while this may be, and certainly probably is true, at higher stakes, remember, this is the micros. The limpers aren't folding to your LP raise/3-bet. After that, they are not folding on the flop if they have any chance at any type of hand (with several limp/callers at least some of them will fit this description).
Which leads me, finally, to my point. If I'm going to play them, play them IP, cheaply, deepstacked, and against players who over-value hands like TPTK. Play them passively pre since you're not folding anyone out anyway and your pre-flop equity is likely pretty bad against several villains. Assuming you flop good, then start firing away. If you just flop a draw I'd check or call smallish bets and not show any aggression that won't be respected anyway. The micros (again full-ring) is all about betting strong made hands for value and chack/calling smallish raises to see your draws cheaply.
Sorry this is so tl;dr .... Just wanted to explain my reasoning since I'm sure its likely to be disagreed with .