My advice for you (But you can't use it against me!)
I see so many people do this and i am truely bewildered by it, the action i am going to describe rarely has a place in a poker game
and yet so many new players seem to do it.
And just in case you are one of them i eagerly encourage you to explain why.
I have mainly noticed this at the NL cash tables but it also goes on in tournements:
Why oh why do players raise ONE BIG BLIND pre flop???
I see it in all positions, UTG, SB, BB in fact anywhere round the table. It suits no purpose whatsoever. If you are going to raise then RAISE 3BB's or 4BB's, go all in, bet the pot, bet a third of the BB's stack if you see fit. It will depend entirely on the game and what's been going on but please will you not raise a single bet.
I have thought long and hard and i can't think of any hand in any position where this play is advantageous.
Why you should'nt do this:
1) It DOES NOT
2) It DOES NOT
act as or have the effect of a "TESTER" bet
3) It MOST DEFINATELY
does not thin the field
4) It DOES
however give people after you around the table better ODDS
to call and see the flop.
5) It DOES COST
you a lot of money in the long-term
6) MOST OF ALL
it makes you look like a fish, any player worth their salt will figure that out after you do it 2 or 3 times.
Any comments to tell me i am wrong?