1.. i see that, but if he hits a card and RAISES, you gain more. or, if he thinks you are full of it and raises, you get more. by leading, you can only get less when villain folds, which is not too common at this level. missed overs may fold, true, but we dont know that he has KT. we have to put him on a MUCH wider range. i have seen underpairs to the board call down here. Ahi may even call down. and, crappy two pair may raise in spite of the flush completing.
just today, i had 99 UTG. i raise, btn calls cold, bb calls. flop is Q33 two spades (one of my 9's is a spade). bb bets out, i raise, btn calls two cold AGAIN. so, i slow up. i check the 3rd spade on the turn (8s). it checks around?? river puts 4th spade up (6s), giving me a crappy flush. bb checks now, i check, btn comes in firing?? bb c/r's?!!! i bail only to find QT rivered by Q6....no spades!!!! i was pissed, but the pot was only 8bb's big, and per our other discussions, i dont feel anywhere close to good 13% of the time with two players going bananas. but still, i dont like folding the best hand EVER.
my point is, you just dont know what they decide to go stupid apeshit with down here. you have to assume a very, very wide range, and you can't give free cards, even to one player, if you think he may be calling with anything, especially on a drawy board.
if he folds, he had absolutely nothing, and those are the breaks. but, if he doesnt, you control the pot's action still and may get a raise on a card that seals his fate, too. to me, it's clearly a better way to play ubermicro stakes limit.
2.. WOW, we couldnt disagree more here. i feel this is a full ring nit vs a short-handed online player's debate. i will crush players on full ring tables online with suited connectors for a couple reasons: 1) i take the initiative and increase the chances of getting HU or 3way, in which case i have the advantage. i can bluff big card flops with cbets, i can c/r my draws, i can valuebet TP, two pair, and trips that look to completely miss my range. 2) i balance out the times i do raise AK/99. you have a much harder time reading me, especially when i drop the semibluff c/r on you and either hit the turn or donk the scare card.
i just have so many more ways to win a hand........AND FUTURE HANDS. and, it pays my premiums off because you will inevitably only play back at me when you DO hit cards. therefore, i can read you better than you can read me.....i win again.
i LOVE playing FR guys when i can steal blinds or get them isolated. why do you think all books are recommending getting good at short-handed play?? it makes your full ring game better, too, because you are almost always in a comfortable situation and can better put your villains in UNcomfortable spots.
as for passive play, i can adjust, and likely wont be open raising 89s from that early, either, but you made no mention/read of anything about the hand. these things should be included, imo. but, i will raise them to change things up on occasion, too. the point is, my villains just wont know. my post flop game isnt great, but it is good enough to play 89s in this spot to a raise because i know what i am looking for and they cant fold AK when it whiffs.
3.. touche` on the "villain dependant." but, that just means it is more important for you to put some kind of read in the HH before we start answering.
again, i have respect for a lot of your game, and i love to take the "other side" to provide discussion in here. but, here i am kind of explaining how and why i play this hand differently. we ought to know each other well enough to know this isnt a personal attack in either direction, right?