Originally Posted by MicheleW
If the opening blind bet is 50 and someone raises 100 preflop - I think its a chicken bet. If they really had something - they'd bet bigger - and widdle down the players. I think a lot of NL holdem players think they are playing Limit holdem and like to bet around and around and around... its annoying. Why not just see the flop for the minimum bet - why raise it up 50 more. Most everyone will call it anyway.
What really irks me is -- the preflop mini raiser then checks and then checks! So his checks tells me I was right, he has nothing great.
Or sometimes they make the small raise knowing everyone will call and if their hand is strong, will take down a bigger pot...of course there are risks to this type of "slow" play...with more callers you have a bigger chance of getting out-drawn...but it could also pay off in the end. Hand to hand you never know.....! But, having said that, I do tend to agree with Michele....especially the part where they play like a limit table! If you're gonna raise, then RAISE, quit with the little cat/mouse/pissing contest game...lol
As for me, I find these posts that ask questions like "how do you play this situation, or this hand?" hard to answer, because I like to mix up my play. I try to follow a sound strategy, but with different techniques so as to keep my opponents guessing...never want to get into a set pattern of play, or sooner or later someone's gonna figure you out! But I'm still learning, and still probably make plenty of mistakes...as long as I can learn from them, I think I'm doing ok!