*Originally posted by MrMardyBum*

Because if you only raise 4x BB and there are 3 limpers behind you give better odds for players to call.

3BB's (limpers) + 4BB (your raise) + 1.5BB's (the blinds) = 8.5BB's and players that still need to act only have to invest 4BB's to see a flop with odds of 2:1 and that doesn't include the limpers who now get to call for 3BB's or 3:1 (almost). Also, this doesn't include implied odds (the chance that the limpers will call).

I think that makes sense - Hope so anyway

Here you go http://www.pokerstrategy.com/strategy/bss/1564/1/ all about implied odds. Should help you see it clearer than I can.

close but not quite

To get 2:1 odds or better to any one that would call you, you need to make a pot size bet (2:1 odds only apply top first caller).

to get a pot size bet: 3x amount of the last bet + money previously in the pot.

examples:

you are first in: last bet as such is BB so 3x 1bb + SB. so effectively a pot size bet is 3.5BB if you are first in, we round it at 4BB.

pot is now 5.5bb, ifevery one folds to BB and BB wants to call you he needs to put 3bb for a pot of 5.5bb (<2:1 odds)

2 limpers: 3x 1BB + 2.5BB =5.5bb (rounded at 6bb)

pot is now at 9.5bb, any one already in who wants to call will need to put in 5bb to call for a 9.5bb pot (<2:1 odds)

remember you want as much value from your big hands and poker is a game of small edges. You need to wait for your opponents to make mistake and at lower stakes they will more often than not.

GLATT