Originally Posted by Roger1960
With the 3xBB raise, they most likely don't have a small pocket pair.
Where is the standard for raise amounts? In an unraised pot I'm dealt 66, I will make a standard raise based on the table of 3-4 BBs (unless it's an aggressive table or I'm short stacked, or a variety of other factors).
Same for AK-ATs, KQ-KTs,QJs, QTs, JTs, or AA-22. If I'm in position I'll open up that raise to suited one-gappers and non-suited connectors, for the record. Maybe if I'm running hot or know I can outplay the table I'll make the raise with one of those hands from out of position.
The idea that there is a standard amount of BBs to tip you off on somebody's hand is wrong. Some of the better players I've played against raise a random amount (3-4 red chips @5 each, and all their whites, for instance, at one each), or only vary their raises based on their position, (2.5 BBs from UTG, 4 BBs from button), or to isolate a pot (a raise and a reraise ahead of them, they wanna play their JJ heads up, they raise outlandishly, secretly hoping to take down a pot and not be already behind).
If you think a raise of 3x BBs means no small pocket pair, you are off your rocker or playing in a tremendously weak field.