re: Poker & Never limp but...
I use the opposite logic here. My EP opens are larger than my LP opens. The "EP small" is advocated by Ferguson for the respect you get as above, and the ability to get away from hands when there's too much action behind you. I prefer the opposite logic - opening for value w larger pots where I'm stronger (I'm pretty tight in EP) and stealing a lot in LP (where I'm playing a lot of speculative hands).
This, I think, depends on how your opponents play.
If you raise bigger in EP then you are raising more because of your increased hand strengtg in this position. However, the raise increase may be significant in terms of a percentage, maybe 1.5 times your LP raise, however in the context of BB and stacksize, its a small raise that really dosent generate much i the way of fold equity (there are few hands that LP will fold to a 5BB raise yet play with a 3BB raise)
So essentially what you are doing is trying to create a bigger pot on average with your stronger hands in EP.
So the crux is how your opponents react to this. If they are aware (and they should be) that your EP range is very strong, then they should only be selecting hands that play well against this range. Therefore against a player who is somewhat positionally aware, you are creating a bigger pot, on average, against a player in position who is selecting hands based on your tight range.
Further more the small increase in EP is quite likely to reduce the number of 3-bets you get preflop (something your range actually wants) and when you are 3-bet, on average, you should be up against a stronger range.
So betting larger in EP (when everyone and his dog knows you have a strong range) dosent give you any advantage, all it does is to ensure you play a bigger pot out of position against opponents who know what your range is.
Against very loose players who are very aggressive and bluffly post flop, the larger raise size is good, provided you are happy to continue after they try firing one or 2 streets as a bluff.
Against loose players who are very fit and fold post flop, the larger raise is also good as you are expecting them to fold to any c-bet unless you are bet (set miners) so again you are getting more money in preflop good and then taking it down with a c-bet.
However, if your opponent is looking at your EP range and thinking 5% mmm I know what he has! and then playing accordingly its a bad strategy because he is selecting hands that play well and has position in a pot that has a lower SPR than had the PF bet been smaller.
So its certainly a valid stratagy but its one that works against certain player types and not others. It certainly snt something you should be doing 100% of the time in 100% of games because a thinking Button / CO is now able to play his position against you with a larger advantage (the lower SPR you will see by the turn)