Money invested before the flop
Hello everyone, first post here!
I'm starting to take seriously learning Hold'em. I started with "Winning Low-Limit Hold'em" by Lee Jones. I had played quite a bit before but without ever paying much attention to strategy or anything.
I'm reading on playing considerations before the flop and got stuck with this explanation that I can't quite follow, I don't know what I'm missing:
The amount of money you'll win after the flop (assuming you make your set) will be about the same regardless of the amount you invested pre-flop. Thus, if you must call lots of raises pre-flop, you are paying a higher percentage of your anticipated earnings before you've made your hand
To give context, he's giving an example where you play a small pair before the flop (pocket fours) hoping to flop a set.
But I don't get it, In fact, I think the exact opposite is correct. Here's how I see it right now:
Let's assume a scenario A, 5 players, I just call the BB at $2 and everyone else calls. The pot would be $10. I paid $2 so that's 20% of the pot.
In scenario B, I call the BB and the next player raises to $4 and the next raises to $6, everyone else calls, including me, and the pot ends at $30. I invested $6 ($2 calling the BB and $4 calling the raises) which is still
20% of the pot.
Furthermore, in scenario B my earnings would be $24 compared to $8 in scenario A, obviously they increase with every raise.
Thanks for your help!