re: Poker & Preflop Opening Sizing Discussion/Reasoning
I don't have a set pattern for the PFR. Early in an MTT, I may try to raise it 4-5 BB just because the blinds are so small. Once the blinds get up to a certain level, I usually tone it down to either a 2xBB or 3xBB raise. I do try to make my C-Bet at least equal to the PFR, and then if I am continuing to bet the turn, I try to make it larger than the C-Bet. If someone is chasing a straight or flush on me, I want them to have to pay to hit it. I have found that increasing the bet on the turn seems to scare away a lot of folks.
Of course, that also depends on what I hit and who is on the table. In my pub game last week I had AKo in early position and raised 3xBB preflop to 1200 (BB was 400). The dealer called as did the BB. The flop came out A-Q-7. The BB checked, so I checked because I knew the guy who was last to act was very aggressive and would most likely bet big. He did just that, betting 3,000. The BB folded, and I check-raised to 6,000 and the other dude folded.
Normally I would bet the TPTK flop, but I wanted to see if I could get the other guy to bet by checking, and he took the bait.