how big of a raise preflop?
4 to 5x when i actually raise
i normally slow play aces from early/middle position with good/aggressive players ahead of me, when i join a table without any reads tho i just limp early because normally only a few call anyway at the worst and im able to fold if they play back at me because i would prefer to play for the chance at a big pot than win a small one because the odds
are i will win more often and i know i am able to fold when i have a feeling im dead.
how many players to the flop?
if theres 1 caller ahead of me i will defo always raise 4-5x
do you slow play aces and kings often?
ive learnt to never slow play kings because of aggressive donkeys, prefer to win preflop with kings because they are hella vunerable. i like to slow play queens from time to time tho because if someone has aces or kings they will obviously raise large enough for me to know and therefor would not reraise my first raise which will make me see the flop cheaper because they dont normally win on there own with two higher cards beating them.
im not saying im always paranoid its just that people with ace king to jack and king queen to jack normally call my queens raise anyway and therefor normally hit so i would rather hit an unsuspecting set against them to win a bigger pot or have an over pair when someone hits with their jack.but thats only against donkeys/weak players because theres only two cards that will beat me so i like the odds of having an over pair most of the time and if they started with kings or aces i will have been losing from the start anyway.
i always raise when im in late position with aces to jacks about 4-5xbb depending on the size of the raise ahead of me, if its 3x il make it 5 or 6 if its 5 il just call. if people are limping every hand il obviously change to raising early position but aces come along so rarely i like to make the most of them by taking a chance at a big pot by trapping a raiser than raising first and only catching the blinds.
Does that make sense? oh ye this is for cash games mainly.
wild table = slow play into them so there money is in the pot then i raise or
tight table = raise earlier than normal instead of having to go up against an army of limpers.
i know slow playing queens most of the time in early position sounds a bit stupid but it seems to not put as much money at risk for me and makes me win bigger pots when i hit or have an overpair which is the majority of the time.obviously this will change in the higher limits because most players will realise a raise means their king jack is normally beat.