Originally Posted by arkadiy
I don't tend to agree, a lot of times my biggest pots come from small limping hands that hit really big when my opponent has a big hand that also hit.
I think the quotation goes with the state of your hand at the time that you are attempting to make the pot big or keep the pot small. So if you flop a big hand like a set, straight, or flush, then that is the time when you want to make the pot big. If on the other hand you flop something like middle pair, or a straight or flush draw, that is when you would prefer to keep the betting small.
For the OP, I would make your drawing opponents pay a high price for the privilege of drawing. As was noted before; I think Sklansky discusses this, as well as many other noted poker authors; you want your opponents to make mistakes. When they make mistakes, you win. When you mistakes, they win. If you don't bet enough to make their draws unprofitable, and you provide good pot odds
to your opponent, then you are making a big mistake. If you "know" that you are ahead and that they are on a draw, then you have to try to extract as much money from them as possible. You have to try to force them into making mistakes. You will still take bad beats, but in the long-run you will come out ahead.