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Old 02-29-2008, 02:45 AM   #3
tomahawk
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Re: Let's Have a Discussion about Open-Raise Sizes

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Originally Posted by The Bryce View Post
To look at it form a much less exaggerated and contrived angle, though, let's talk about a common poker situation. You are playing against an opponent whom you believe you are a favorite against. If your strategy with stacks of 100bb is to open-raise for 3x then why wouldn't open-raising to 4x be a superior strategy with stacks of 200bb, or 300bb?
Well, the biggest reason why I'd raise to 3bbs with 100bb stacks still apply deeper. You force him to open his callingrange in the BB, thus you get to play alot of pots in position with deep stacks to manouver as you want.
If he doesn't start calling more and just folds all his BBs, then you have the advantage because of stealing lots of blinds, and

-when he calls the pot is stil small, you have pos, and he has a defined range while you have any 2 cards.

-to his reraises you can choose to fold and give him the 3bbs, which you'll get back pretty fast due to his tightness oop, or play a reraised pot deep in pos with a wide range of hands, depending on the raisesize.

-if he starts reraising big frequently you can choose if you want to join the variance-fest (and possibly increase your expectation a little) and 4 bet light, call and float, etc, or you can just try to get good hands and take advantage of his disproportionally large reraises compared to your open. Either way you should come out well ahead if you have an edge to begin with.
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