Originally Posted by JulieK
Since it's early, I'd make the same raise I'd make with AQ or AK. Chipping up early gives enough advantage to make it worth taking a shot here. If I flop an ace, I probably have the best hand. If I catch a jack to go with, most people will think I don't have AJ, and I might burn somebody else with 2-pair for their whole stack.
If somebody raises preflop, I let it go. Although this loses me a standard raise, it could pay off later when I get a better hand, and people think they can scare me off with a raise.
IMO thats flawed thinking.
By opening up your early position range, people will reraise you more.
Its all too easy to think.. well thaths good when I have AA or KK
The fact is the reason people will reraise you more is that statistically you will not have it all that often. So If you open in early position with 88+ AJs+ KQs AQo Then a savy player will throw in the occasional reraise because more than half of your range cannot take a 3bet. If you call/raise here you narrow your range greatly, making postflop easier for your opponent.
Others will call you as you are OOP for the entire hand and this is probably the biggest flaw in playing more hands in EP. You play more often with no positianal advantage over others.
The reason to play tight in EP is simply because you don't have any position on anyone. HEM is a very positional orientated game. Therefore the only hands you should choose to play OOP are ones where position is not a huge factor.
i.e. bigger pairs, AK, AQs
Even when you hold AA in early position, you are less likely to make as much money from it as if you had the same hand in late position.