My normal MO is when i have a premium low only hand or high only hand in O8 I limp from up front.. Like AQTJ or A2 wheel wheel ... If I have a two way hand in ep I may raise or limp depending on the suitedness of the Ace and the wheel card, ie is it a 2 or 3..
From late pos I limp along with high only cards but will raise alot with A suited wheel hands.. My thought process is with high only hands I dont want to bloat a pot before the flop since so many players dont fold and I can take them three streets if I flop a wrap, straight etc... If the flop comes with two small cards I tend to fold my hand as the liklihood of a low being 50% I see no need to staying hoping to chop.
However my thought process with Ace suited wheel cards are opposite. I WANT to build as big a pot as possible knowing my equity to be rather big and having the high likelihood of being able to continue with at worst a nut low draw..
I did this with my Ad2d36 and AsKc2c3s hands last night in the 6/12 game in pos and got 6 and 7 players to call a cap.. On the A236 hand the flop was
A27 all spades and I bet and only one person called my flop bet if you can believe that!
2 on turn and brick on river and I bet turn and river and got called with what I assume was a flush or a bad low. needless to say I scooped that pot..
I think I got lucky in the 700+ pot where something like 5 players called caps on each street .. I made nut low.. I was correct in my hand ranges, one player had set and was trying to "protect" her hand..lol.. one player had flush draw.. one donkey and me with A33x... on 2T7 board.. I only kept calling because with my blocker I was pretty sure I would nut the low.. But should I be calling that many bets for just the low and maybe backdoor wheel? In fact I hit the perfect card on the turn and had 3 outs to scoop on river.. but I was wondering at the time if I should have laid it down on the flop when I saw the betting going crazy..
So is my thinking correct here? Do you occasionally raise with high only hands just to throw players off? I think so but its always good to check with you..