Looking at the pot odds
- if I raise to 3x, everyone folds to BB, the BB has to call 2BB to get at 4.5BB - that's better than 2/1, so he's got a reason to call with a reasonably wide range - while the SB has to call 2.5BB and everyone else has to call 3BB to get 4.5BB - not great odds for the other players, who would need to tighten their ranges - but it's not a raise that's so prohibitive that it keeps all players out who are dogs to my hand. The upper end of 4x or 5x creates worse odds for BB to call, so he ought to be tightening his range further, and everyone else should be tightening up to the accordingly poor pot odds. Creating pot odds that guarantees that only AA or KK will call is generally not a great value situation, and creating pot odds that anyone would call with ATC (i.e., min-raise followed by a call) is not a great FE situation.
Do you guys mind sharing your thinking here on varying the size of the bet given the reasons provided here, and how they relate to context? If I'm looking to have the opponent make a mistake, and gain FE and value out of my hands, what do you see as the most effective bet sizing strategies? What conditions cause you to vary the bet size outside of the +1 for each limper? Do you not vary the bet size?