re: Poker & Preflop betting..
Originally Posted by Elivo
As of right now, if i am the first to enter a pot, if it is a hand ill play , i never call, i usually do 3x BB. If i am in a latter position and i have callers in front of me and i have a hand to play, i normally will just call and not raise.
My main purpose of doing this is to try to give away as little as i can about what im holding, so if im delt 88 and im first to enter ill do the same 3x BB raise as i would with KK or AA.
I stick by this pretty well, but I feel like i should be raising more with the bigger hands and raising the callers in front of me when im not first to enter.
But i also dont want to give away the strength of my hand.....any suggestions?
Maybe I am misinterpreting this, but your saying that if you have a hand like AQ and you have limpers in front of you, you will just call and not raise because you want to disguise the strength of your hand? I play a lot of SNGs, but whether you play SNGs or cash, this does not make a whole lot of sense.
Do you really want to go into a multiway pot with a hand like AQ? Besides the times when you hit a big flop (2 pair, straight, flush if suited), you may find yourself in some trouble when you just hit top pair. Hands like this are typically more profitable when you isolate or even just take it down preflop with a raise.
It is certainly ok to limp behind with hands in which you want to a multiway pot because of the implied odds
and you do not want to inflate the pot with a marginal hand (small to mid pockets, suited connectors, suited aces). But, even with these hands you have to be careful since your goal is to flop a big hand like a set, straight, or big draw. If you do not hit one of these hands and instead flop top pair with a bad kicker, again, you will find yourself in some trouble.
In terms of your bet-sizing preflop, there are several schools of thought. One being that you raise a smaller amount in early position and a larger amount in late position. The other is to just bet the same amount preflop regardless of hand and/or position. I think this may be the main point of your post. As a SNG player, I prefer the latter. For the first 2-3 levels of a SNG, I will 3x from all positions. From there on out, I 2.5x (with the occasional min raise when the blinds get really healthy). Typically a 2.5x bet will have the same effect as a 3x, so why not risk less to win the same amount and also keep the pot more manageable if called. Also, in terms of you disguising your hand, if you keep your bet sizing uniform with all hands from any position, your opponents cannot put you on a hand purely on your bet sizing.
I hope this helps. GL