Originally Posted by MediaBLITZ
Yeah I'd say most people are using it on their spec hands to see the flop. Pound em and teach em some manners Just be very careful when a guy like me comes along. You better have been paying attention to the fact I wasn't one of those guys for the last two hours and I all of sudden try to come in weak.
Its amazing how many just do not pay attention to who is doing what at the table. Amazing but GREAT.
I'd actually differ here on what you've said.
"most people are using it on their spec hands to see the flop"
As blinds go up in SNG's we can make smaller preflop raises & still get the same result (some use 2.5x at 50/100, some drop to 2x, .. others somewhere inbetween). We are typically on shallow stacks in SNG's & the better players will know this.. & typically aren't 'calling' raises preflop (instead are more apt. to rrai or 3bet to induce a 4bai, depending on a bunch of factors). There are also other benefits to raising 'min' (or 2.3x) besides a 'cheaper steal'... it also sets us up so we can take the pot down on the flop with a smaller cbet.
To assume the 'min-raise' = weak hand is a BIG mistake. The better players won't be alternating their preflop raise sizing (min. could equal steal attempt or could be a monster). Most (if not all) the SNG regs. are making 2-2.5x raises in mid-later levels.
I actually mark players who continue to raise '3x' in mid to later levels as the weaker players on the table.