Originally Posted by The Nuder
There's lots of talk about stealing and defending blinds. Reading between the lines it also seems that people advocate raising as a normal course of action if you're playing a hand ie. don't just call.
For instance if I'm playing fairly tight, it's mid tournament and I'm in around middle position stack wise. If I have AJ unsuited pre-flop what happens when:
I'm in early position do I call or raise and by how much? raise 30% of the time fold 70% never limp
I'm in mid position and 2 people have called the BB but no raise? fold 80% of the time raise 20% of the time
I'm in mid position and 2 have called 1 has raised by 4BB fold 100% of the time
I'm in late position and 2 or 3 have called BB but no raise? fold 50% squeeze/raise 30% limp along 20%
I'm in late posiiton and 2 or 3 have called with 1 raising by 4BB? fold 100%
I'm the BB and 2 have called no raises? I hate playing hands like AJ out ot position in a multi way pot, however in this instance I might raise 60% check your option 40% of the time
I'm BB and 2 called 1 raised by 4BB? fold 100%
I'm the button 2 called no raises? raise 50% fold 30% limp along 20%
I'm the button 2 calls 1 rauise by 4BB? fold 100%
Any thoughts appreciated (ignoring knowledge of other players etc.)
I like this question, and I'm glad you picked a hand like AJ off which such a difficult hand to play profitably in tournaments.
We are doing this exercize devoid of player reads, so I assume the same applies to "table dynamics" i.e. is the table limpy, foldy, raisey etc.
as for the "how much to raise" question, if you are the opener go with the table standard raise that tends to result in a heads up pot or everyone folding. usually 2.5-3.5x
in the limped scenarios if you are raising I'd raise standard raise + 1BB for each limper up to a point where you probably don't need to ever raise more than like 7x or 8x the BB
my preferred actions are above in blue text, notice I'm almost never calling a raise with AJ but I will very occasionally limp along if I have good position....it should be noted that in those cases I'm looking to flop 2 pair or better, or else I'm gone.