Re: PAHWM ~ $1/2 with QQ
I can't see more than one player or two at the most falling into the "terribad" category. Unfortunate, but there it is. If this weren't Madison, WI where there is only $1/2 and that's it, then half the table would probably be playing $2/5. Soon, I'd like to try my skills at the casino in Milwaukee where they do have $2/5, just to see how different it is. However, the 90 minute drive has kept me grinding at $1/2 so far.
Case in point, I actually got Aces back to back at the end of last night's session. The first time, there was a straddle, a $10 raise from UTG and I raised it to $30. Everyone folded. Pretty standard. I look down and see Aces again the very next hand. No straddle. I open to $15 and everyone folds. An old timer says, "looks like he's got another big hand" before he folds. Perhaps this is being results oriented, but I have a feeling that a $10 raise would have gotten 1 or 2 callers. I think every time I raised to $10 earlier in the night, except maybe once, I got at least 1 caller.
I'll keep experimenting with pre-flop raise sizes versus certain opponents and see what happens.