Originally Posted by brank
Raises should always account for limpers. You should be adding 1bb for each limper to your raises or you're giving the limpers better odds to call and if one limper calls it has a domino effect and they all call. You want to punish people for limping and you want to keep the pot HU or 2 way if possible. If your standard raise is 3x then in this spot you should have raised it to .08 at least. At 2nl your standard raise could actually be 4x or 5x + 1bb per limper. This also means that you should never be open limping and try to limit your callin preflop to when you think that no one is gonna fold to a raise, this will be table dependent.
You're in the bb so your gonna be OOP for the hand. If you want to raise this hand you should raise it to .10 at least. Then you have to absolutely c bet this flop which is essentially turning your hand into a bluff but to your opponent this would seem to hit your pre flop raising range. Pretty hard for him to call unless he caught a piece of the flop. If he calls then I would shut down and not put anymore money into the pot. Of course none of this makes sense with a 40bb stack cause by this time you cant fold or play the hand properly since your SPR is so low.
Is there a reason you want to build your BR from $0? The reason I ask is that it will take a very long time and hardly worth the time and effort. You will most likely learn some bad habits along the way because you will always be playing with scared money and with the variance in poker you will need to hit a real good run of cards to build from zero. It would be a lot more fun to deposit and learn the game properly. Playing with 100bb stacks is the way to go. In this hand you really are committed with any raise you make preflop and a cbet. You just cant fold anymore. Im guessing that might be the reason you didnt c bet and the had to fold anyways. This is why playing with a SS just doesnt work. You pretty much had to push all in preflop.
Anyways this got a little tl;dr but whatevs.
Truth to be told, I was not playing as a SS (even though I'm one) if I push all in with my pocket eights, most likely I'm getting called with the range of hands that I mentioned, and obviously the flop there wasn't gonna help me at all, Thus, losing all my money.
I'm aware of the 1BB raise for each limper, that's a must playing SSS. I guess I was thinking he was gonna fold since we were HU at the time. Of course there's a reason for me to want to start from 0, it's a challenge, a way of proving myself that is possible. I was very inspired by Ferguson's, that I thought "Why don't do it myself?" of course I know is not that simple, it requires a lot of time, effort and proper BRM.
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions, I really appreciate them, all of them help me to become a better player.