Originally Posted by SeaUlater
May I ask why you think this is a good approach?
Sure. I'm going to answer you honestly. Based on what I believe and what has worked well for me as a player.
To clarify, I'm saying "open" for 12, not always raise to 12 regardless of action in front BTW.
I believe that given average game conditions a player should open for the same amount each time they open a pot regardless of the strength of their hand. There are of course some game conditions where you are in a great game and a lot of the table is literally calling everything & gambling it up. In those cases of course it could make sense to open for a larger amount with premium holdings if you know they are calling to maximize your EV. Unfortunately great games even at these "low stakes" nowadays aren't as prevalent and thus I believe my advice would be useful to the OP in a typical 1/2 game.
Maybe it's more relevant in 2/5 & larger(where I also open for the same amount everytime i enter a pot normally) but some players at your table (Even at 1/2) may understand how to assign hand ranges to a potential villain/opener but still don't really pay attention as much as they should so opening consistently it makes it more difficult for them to assign an accurate range. It's not just about how frequently you open. Sizing your bets according to the strength of your hand is completely horrendous. I can't even tell you how many time's i can narrow someone's range to exactly 99-JJ because they open for X in a particular game, then it takes only a couple of orbits to figure out how much they open with AK/AQ. If you get into the habit of sizing your bets based on your holdings you will never be profitable at higher stakes in tougher games IMO. Can you get away with it at a table full of drunks on a Saturday night at 1/2 here there. Ok sure. So raise it up to 24 dollars with QQ. But really, is that good long term advice and the best way to play the game in average table conditions-i don't believe so based on my experience.
On the 12 dollars specifically at 1/2.
In over ten years of playing live poker and various 1/2 games on the east coast I've found that 12 dollars is just enough to thin the field to a reasonable number in your average 1/2 game, but large enough that you are getting value on your holdings and still getting some callers and action. We have an edge post flop and we are okay with them coming along even if they have position on you because let's face it, they aren't calling because they are in position. They are calling because they "want to see the flop", and they know you have raised a bunch of times so you "can't have a good hand everytime". It also sizes pots fairly nicely to allow for proper c-betting relative to the majority of 1/2 NL game buy ins (100-300)
10 dollars or less, whole table calls.
15 dollars is also good but have found it scares more away
20 dollars the whole table folds
12 dollars. 1-3 people will call. I like when people call. I can read hands.
I like playing heads up against one opponent sometimes. Sometimes 2 is fine. 3 can be okay. Depending on what I have right?. But they don't know what I have because i open to 12 dollars everytime. So really I don't care if 1 person calls, or if 3 people call. I always have something which is better than their something, unless i feel like check folding, then-they can have this one. I'll get their 12-36 dollars the next time. And the next time. and many more times after that. Once and awhile they'll get frustrated and they'll call me down light. Then I'll get more than 36 dollars.