Originally Posted by A1exis
I can't imagine not taking others stack size into account. That's something I ALWAYS take into account and it helps me figure out how I'm going to play any given hand. It's just too important IMO.
You would be surprised how many people don't take other people's stack into consideration when you play live. It's really ridiculous. Of course, I'm basing this on $1/$2 live and $3/$5 live(I recently starting playing this stake week ago and it's still as bad as $1/$2, at least where I live, aka Los Angeles, California
If you push all-in, fish will fold because he thinks "aah crap, I gotta have a hand now." But if you just "raise" majority of your stack, their thought process is "well, I can still call and see the flop before I fold. eh, why not?" Of course, you will be facing way more bad beats than to take down the pot uncontested but if it seeks action and make them cough up lot of chips pre-flop or flop where it's the only way to make them put up their chips, then it's worth it. Because at this point, when you lose, then you lost because your villain made bad pre-flop and bad flop call.
It has psychological effect on fishes. I recently had a thread on this.
And I'm glad you take people's stack into consideration. Because it's very crucial and fundamentals in knowing if it's worth calling pre-flop raise with low/mid pocket pairs, suited cards, etc while knowing how to size your bets based on stacks when you got a good hand. Because many times, it's what also dictates whether it's worth calling or folding. Implied odds
heavily rely on chipstack sizes. This is why deepstack cash games heads-up is where your true skills can be put to the test over the long run.