Originally Posted by Grumbledook
Its not that strategy I play with.
I've just told him to be more patient and play against the table rather than relying on your own hand all the time.
If its easier for him to let go of hands by calling preflop rather than raising and going bust then its a step in the right direction.
Of course I punish anyone following this strategy, nothing I love more than to take limped bets preflop.
I'd say you always want to raise preflop with QQ and KK, if your getting fishy callers then try larger raises and shoving on the flop (be careful of an Ace on the board tho). Ok you will still get sucked out or outflopped on occasion, but its often good to just take a pot rather than building it up and losing it. Well its always better to take the pot than lose it but I tihnk you know what I mean.
that sounds like a much more solid strategy than the initial post. if you limp in with high pocket pairs, you are only inviting an outdraw. remember, you WANT a call or two when you raise with your AA, and you do NOT WANT the whole table calling. therefore, a preflop raise is appropriate.
how much to raise... if your average 3BB raise does nothing but make the family pot bigger, then raise more. you should be willing to commit a third to half your stack to the pot with AA,KK, ~QQ if you think it will slim the field to one or two. betting less may receive too many callers as mentioned, but betting more hurts you on the flop since the amount you now have to push in postflop will be giving correct pot odds
for a call to your preflop callers.
remember that you as a solid poker player capitalize on other people's mistakes. you *want* them calling with T7s when you have AA. you also *want* them calling your pot-sized bet on the flop when they are on the come. outdraws always hurt, but if you could play AA vs a flush draw every hand, you should still want to.