Originally Posted by dmorris68
Like kcanuck said, it's a pretty major MTT leak to not adjust your opening raise in proportion to the blinds. You're risking far too great a proportion of your stack and it's not necessary. A smaller bet when stacks are small is just as effective and less risky. You're forcing anyone with a hand to play to shove over the top of you which most of the time will force you to fold a sizable portion of your stack.
I've noticed the lack of bet sizing adjustment in several league players lately, and I think you were one of them. I was scratching my head when we were 5 handed in last Friday's game seeing almost everyone else 3-4x opening with only 15-20bb stacks. That's a highly volatile/risky approach to take.
An exception here may be when you're the far and away chip leader and are just bullying everyone to eat away their blinds, but you have to be careful. Bigger bets carry more FE but you only want to fold people out when you don't have a value hand. If you then adjust your open size based on hand strength then you're playing face-up and inviting massive exploitation. Best to just be consistent.
My general rule of thumb is to 3x from the start until the blinds reach about 50/100, then 2.5x until about 150/300, then 2.25x or 2x from there. Obviously those are opening raises, if I'm raising behind limpers it's higher accordingly.
^^^^^^^this. I can't improve on that, it's perfect!
I'll add this though....poker is a dynamic game that is always changing. I first noticed this trend of 2x raising at the WSOP
a couple years ago, and it perplexed me...then it started to make sense and I started doing it myself. now it is ubiquitous throughout most big tourneys when the average stack gets to about M=10-15
I think about 5-6 years ago 3x raising was common practice, industry standard. Now I think the game has evolved and if we want to keep up with those players on the cutting edge we should watch and learn and adopt the parts of their game that make sense.
This year at the WSOP all the good players seemed to be raising 2.5x from the start, and then once there were antes they were raising 2x plus an ante. so if it was 100/200/25 they would raise to 425. In fact, when somebody was raising 3x it seemed really out of place...