When to re-raise preflop, or raise flop and later?
As is apparent from a couple of the HH threads I've started lately,
I'm beginning to realize I need a better idea when to re-raise preflop, as well as when to raise bets on the flop or later.
Here's a summary for myself that I've come up with. I'd appreciate any additions/corrections or general comments.
Note that these are not reasons for preflop raising or flop/later betting, only for raising these same bets. I'm looking at the re-raise/call or raise/call borderline rather than the check/call/fold borderline.
Reasons/times to re-raise preflop
- if you think you can get the other person(s) to fold
- AA or KK, to define the hand/attempt to get all the money in preflop
- QQ, JJ, AK, to define the hand. This assumes you have preflop betting position (later position than the raiser, or in the blinds). If you're the original raiser, what do you call a re-raise with?
Reasons/times NOT to re-raise preflop
- Opponent is superaggressive and you don't have AA/KK. He may re-re-raise and push you off QQ/JJ/AK with lesser holdings so reraising won't help to defiine his hand, although it would help define your hand if you decide to call.
Reasons/times or raise, flop or later
- if you think you can get the other person to fold
- if you've hit the flop and you think the other person is bluffing
- when you think you're ahead and the flop is dangerous, ie. flopped a set and there are flush or straight draws
Reasons/times NOT to raise, flop or later
- if you have a so-so hand with drawing possibilities, so you want to see cards as cheaply as possible
- villain is aggressive and you have a monster, so you let him bet into you until the river (rope-a-dope)
- you have the best hand but there are no obvious draws so you think re-raising will cause your opponent to fold, thereby losing later bets that you might collect.
btw, this is for playing TAG, NLHE, primarily ring game focus since strategy-wise I usually start from there and modify for tourneys.
Anything that I'm missing? For example, if you're in the blinds, are you more likely to re-raise preflop since you're going to get stuck playing OOP?