Raising Pre-Flop A Bad Idea?
I know this question have been asked many times, but mine is different than the ones I've found. I like to play fixed-limit a lot, but I will only raise pre-flop with AA, KK, and QQ. I will only call with KK and QQ if there's already a raise before me. With AA I will "Cap" pre-flop because I have the best possible made hand. I will also raise AK in the Small Blind if no one has raised before me to push the Big Blind out.
What confused me is people are telling me to raise pre-flop with hands such as:
2. A10 (suited or unsuited) or Better.
3. Suited "High Cards"
4. KJ (suited or unsuited) or Better.
I would see the flop with any of these hands, but will only raise AA, KK, and QQ. I would also raise AK in the small blind.
I don't want to raise the other hands because they are drawing hands. You're basically playing bingo and I hate bingo players in the Poker world. Even if your AQ hit an Ace on the flop it's still not TPTK. Another problem is that people won't give you action because you raise pre-flop unless they have something that beats you.
I know you are supposed to raise to push out the weak hands just in case they hit 2 pairs on the flop, but I don't think that happened often enough to matter. If you play in the $30/$60 those guys are freaking nit. You won't get suck out by 2J offsuit hitting 2 pairs anyway (unless it's the Big Blind).
I know 88-JJ are also made hand, but even with JJ there can easily be an overcard and I have to Check/Fold to a bet.
For those of you winning players at fixed-limit who is willing to raise pre-flop with anything other than AA (Cap), KK, and QQ please let me know why you would do that. AQ suited is a drawing hand. Would you raise pre-flop?
I find that I'm losing money by raising pre-flop with anything less than AK. I've tried the continuation bet when I miss the Flop with 2 opponents and they both checked to me. A lot of the time they ended up check/calling. I can't really continue to push on the "Turn" with nothing because that's too much money to waste. I would rather not Bluff in a Cash game.