Never say never, but as a rule I would tend to agree with your friend. The logic in raising with AA or KK at a full table is that the power of high pairs is somewhat diminished with more than one caller. Better to isolate a single opponent. Heads up, this part of the game is nonexistent. The high card wins so often in heads-up that a pair, any pair is a strong starting hand. The important thing to remember is to disguise your high pairs. If you've been raising regularly with any decent hand then raise. If you've been regularly raising with your strong hands and your opponent knows this, then a raise would without question be a mistake. I tend to raise frequently from the SB giving the impression of a loose aggressive playing style. This serves several purposes, My opponent will in the long run fold more hands than I will, and even when I am called, an average hand is for the most part not more than a 2:1 underdog to 2 overcards, and in addition, a raise with a legitimate power house will not stand out giving me a better chance of a call.
Originally Posted by t1riel
I think a minimum raise was a good move. Obviously the other player had garbage and would have folded anyway.
Wow, it would have to be a garbage hand indeed to make him fold when he could just check.