Positionally based raise sizing.
Yes, this isn't a hand analysis thread, but I like good discussions rather than bad ones.
I'm sure you guys are familiar with the concept of sizing your raises based on position, however, I can't seem to find any agreement on which way you're supposed to go.
I've heard guys on this forum who are good players advocate raising more in early position, and less in late position. On the flip side of the coin, I've heard a lot of people saying that you should raise more in late position, less early. Isn't there a Chris Ferguson article with that as the subject floating around the internets? Anyways...
Lets settle this issue once & for all. I think the main points of the argument go like this:
Points in favor of raising more in late position
1) Allows you to play bigger pots when you're in the strongest position.
2) Gives more fold equity to steals.
3) Allows more callers when your hand range is the strongest (early position).
Points in favor of raising less in late position & more in early position
1) Larger SPR when in position.
2) Steals have to suceed less often to be profitable.
3) Smaller pots when your hand range is the widest (late position), bigger pots when your hand range is stronger.
4) More preflop fold equity when out of position, so we have to play less postflop pots.
What's better against your average micro-small stakes hold'em games? Assume we're at an average table that is a mix of TAG's & fish.
I personally have been raising ~4xBB's in late position, and 3xBB's in early position, and I haven't really thought about why in detail. And I'm not sure I can see the effect that its having on my bottom line without changing my game up.
Lastly, I know you guys are going to give your favorite poker answer "It depends". But depends on what!!? Be specific! Also, it'd be cool if you guys said which one you currently practice (if you keep your raises bigger in late position, early, or the same).