Originally Posted by shootwillus
I just graduated from 5NL to 10NL as my bankroll has grown. Anyway, my advice about 5NL is that 3x BB raises are way too low. Basically, a .15 pre flop raise will not price out a single hand. Honestly, at this stake, I suggest nothing less than a 6x BB raise to open with.
I don't think this is completely true. Do you play 6max or FR?
3xbb is fine for 5NL, it was my standard opening line. I beat 5NL 6max pretty easily. This might be a bit different for 5NL FR, which I did NOT play too much.
I think 6xbb is a little over the top, I'm not saying it can't work.
However, PFR has a lot more to do with what villains you are playing. If your villains are folding to 3xbb then there is no point in putting more money in the pot, and if they call your good hands when you bet large then more power to you.
Another point to make is that we shouldn't be looking to "price out" worse opponenets, we WANT them to play with worse hands. We don't want them to play correctly by folding when they have a bad hand.
So instead of raising more everytime we choose to play, it might be a better idea to change the range of hands we raise with regards to how our opponents are playing. If the table is extremely loose, then we tighten up. If it is extremely tight, then we can loosen up.
In regards to the hand, we should have raised more preflop with the 3-bet. Make it a pot sized raise next time as I think others have said.