Originally Posted by ARMYNAC
Has it worked for you? Im always T.A.G In cash games... and maby i'll try it, but wondering if anyone here has any exp on that.
Daniel Negreanu likes to take credit for inventing small ball, but he didn't. I've been playing that way ever since NL became common after ESPN discovered Poker could be a spectator sport.
I use this play all the time, and it's the only way that makes sense. If there's 1.5BB in the pot, and you raise 2XBB from the button to steal, you're laying 4 : 3. You need to succeed four out of seven attempts to have an immediate break-even. Pop it for 3XBB, and you're laying 2 : 1. Now you need to succeed two out of three attempts, and that's much worse.
When the table gets short-handed, there's not much reason to make it more than 2XBB, as there are fewer potential callers.
"at times in a live 1/2 game where you are going to get > 3 callers to a $12 bet..."
When you see that, it means they're afraid of playing post. I'm not afraid of the post flop game. You have a couple of choices: raise bigger to find that tipping point that gets them out. That, however, can get expensive when you miss. C-bets become larger, and/or you'll have to concede many BB's.
I pretend it's FLHE and play it the same: raise small, open limp like it's fixed limit, expect pots to go multi-way more often than not. That means playing hands with staying power in multi-way pots. One advantage is that it's still no-limit, and you can stack 'em when you smash the flop.