The Limp/Re-raise Question
While going over my recent cash game play, I have noticed a slight problem. Due to the stakes that I play and the frequency of this certain play, I have had a tendency to not respect or even to disbelieve the preflop limp/reraise play from an early or middle position player after I have initially raised. This is not a push or a min-reraise, but a large (3/4 pot-sized or more) reraise. About half the time, they DO have me beat and I usually lose a good amount of chips. But the other half of the time, I can either make them fold before showdown or they call down a weak hand. This near-equality in success versus failure keeps me in an uneasy position every time I run across this play.
Maybe it is because I think they are just "playing back at me" because they think I have raised too many times recently. But sometimes I think they are just trying to bully since they think the I or another raiser is weak. I think it is possible that my perception of this play and the whole situation is warped a bit. I know that many questions in poker are answered with "It depends", but my question is meant to be general and to apply overall. No matter the stack. No matter the read. The only 3 things that matter are your hole cards, the stakes and the opponent's position. And the question is:
In hold'em at low stakes (up to $25NL, or even $50) without AA, KK or QQ, how often should an opponent's "limp/large reraise" play from early or middle position be respected?