re: Poker & Min-Raising pre-flop in N/L Holdem
I guess it's up to me to be the contrarian. First off, I rarely min raise; for all the reasons mentioned already. It just doesn't scare anyone away who's already in the pot. But! I won't go so far as to say it's stupid. Here's 3reasons why.
I just hate it when some nucklehead in EP thinks he can limp in with the same hand he plays from LP. Consistently raising, even the min, is a statement to anyone in EP with a marginal starting hand that they they're not going to get in that cheaply. Raising doesn't only increase the pot size, it increases the quality of play.
Low pairs play well in multi way pots where 1 in 7 times you'll make your set. If your getting 6:1 odds
for a small pot what's wrong with 6:1 for a big pot. Careful here though. You may be encouraging someone to come over the top. Then what?
Often the button will play with almost anything just because he's last to act. Sometimes even a min raise from the CO is enough to buy you position. If it doesn't then you haven't risked much.
You may all now commence with the tossing of tomatoes and the brandishing of pitchforks.