re: Poker & changing pre-flop raises?
Originally Posted by adsthepro123
i stick to the pro strategies of raising 2 times the big blind in early position, 2.5 times in middle position, and three times the big blind i late position, this takes away the chance of them reading your hand.
I know this comes for Chris Ferguson's FTP Academy Challenge but it's really quite horrible advice. Quite possibly the worst on that site (that's saying a lot).
Using this strategy:
1. We play our strongest hand range in small pots OOP
2. We play our weakest hand range in large pots which lessens out positional advantage
3. We encourage multiway pots with our hands that have lots of reverse implied odds
4. We discourage the blinds from playing hands when we have position
Like it or not your hand range is generally known based on your position, regardless of raise size. Typical ranges from EP are somewhere around 10% while many players on the BTN open somewhere near 80% in unopened pots.
If you're going to vary your open sizes based on position I'd advocate the exact opposite of the strategy you're following. Open big when your range is strong and you'll be OOP. Open small when your range is wide and you might encourage the blinds to play OOP.
Note that I'm not saying to raise more with your big hands, I'm saying raise more with your strongest range. So AA UTG would be maybe 4x and AA on the BTN might be a min raise. Same with 78s (if you open it UTG that is).