Originally Posted by hustlenflow
Hi Josh, I have a question for you- How do you play pocket 7, 8, or 9's in a cash game pre-flop?
That all depends on position, if the table is tight or loose/aggressive or passive. Generally, as a rule I will limp with mid pair, to keep from paying too much, because, lets face it, you can only hope to get extremely lucky with them. when played right, they can be extremely deadly. If in early position like UTG or second to act PF, I might raise about 4xbb (I always raise 4xbb preflop if i choose to raise). If I am in mid position, like i said, depending on the table, I might raise, but assuming no one is playing like a moron, i would limp. In Late position, I would probably raise (not re-raise) to get the bb and/or the sb off of weak hands. If I hit and it was raised preflop, If an Ace King or Queen is up there as well as my set, I definitely bet, unless he is aggressive, then i let him beat himself. If he is tight, I let him think i am bluffing, but I bet light, so that i don't push anyone away, maybe 2 or 3xbb. If there is a draw, again depends on the table, but assuming it's a decent table, I bet, if you take the pot down right then, that's okay, not every big hand is going to be a big win. But chances are people are going to think you are the one on that draw if they aren't. If they don't think you're on the draw because of the bet, then, they may think their top pair is good.