Originally Posted by Mamushi
Thanks C9 your advice is always appreciated. You have to see the Limp/Call stat on these guys before you understand why I didn't raise preflop. It was going to be a multi-way pot no matter what so I just checked. I did call for the reasons you stated, but isn't this a situation where you want to keep the pot small so that when they do show up with the straight you are not paying off their implied odds?
A) You'll see a straight here almost never. 6x, TT, 22, 55 are all far more likely. And even if they have a straight, they made such gargantuan mistakes on the flop & turn that I would gladly pay them on the river.
B) You're not raising just to thin the field, you're raising to make the stack to pot ratio more favorable for your hand. You're likely going to be playing a pair of aces, a pair of 9's, and you'd like to have a bit less money behind. Also, your hand flops well, while the random trash they limped likely doesn't. So you'll be able to continue on flops more often than they will, and that's an edge you should be willing to exploit. Raising preflop accomplishes more than just thinning the field.