re: Poker & $400 NLHE Full Ring: Did I play it wrong or could i have played it different
Originally Posted by miko122
2/5 game at local casino.
I am in middle position with QsQc with a stack of around 1200. So action preflop starts off utg limps then fold to me and i raise to 25 (standard raise at the table) .
Why raise the standard raise?
Why not raise $35 or $45 or $55???
I'm not a big fan of standard anything. What is the point of having awesome poker skills if you just play like everyone else at the table?
I'd much rather you raised $25 with JT, T9, 87, QJ, etc since you could then rep AK, KQ, KK, QQ post flop and thus you are getting more value out of those hands...
but when you raise "the standard" raise amount with strong value hands, you end up being exploitable.
The old school thoughts regarding deception was that we could achieve deception by raising the same amount with our entire range. The problem though is that this fails to exploit the leaks most live players have, namely they like to overcall. Also, most live players don't pay attention anyways and play level 1 poker.
I'm a much bigger fan of varying our bet sizes based on table dynamics and the situation we encounter. In fact, I like to throw in massive overbets 5% of the time and I love it when my villains level themselves with "Why so much".
Other day I was playing 1/2nl eff stacks $200. I was in the SB with KK. CO raised $15, BTN called, and then I shoved for $200. CO called and BTN called.
CO had TT, BTN had JJ and they both said, "I thought you had an underpair because you bet so much like you didn't want a call and were trying to steal..."
so basically my point is that as thinking players we really shouldn't be doing anything that is "standard". All of our actions need to have a reason and we should be one level above our opponents...
When you raise the "standard" with QQ, you really set yourself up to be out played by the other thinking players at the table. The only way raising the standard $25 with QQ works to your advantage is if you are raising fairly wide and have a decent raising frequency such that your villains think you are raising with garbage... And I would guess that is not the case.
food for thought.