hand 1. You guys have it all wrong, and flat calling in SB or min raising with J9 is a common leak which will cost you a lot of money in the future, we bet out like we have aces here.
Pre if you see someone opening a lot in late position and you want to exploit... You simply 3bet light, a lot of times he could fold and if he's a loose cannon he will call and we have a great hand with some decent potential.
Flop comes out juicy as ever...
We don't simply limp here, we simply raise 3/4 of the pot to pot size we have an awesome flop a straight draw top pair and we are now betting for value where pre we were bluffing
Also if we do catch him with AA or KK he won't let it go and this hand should play itself and you'll gain everything out of it and much more. If he folds well you've simply gained more than you did when he folds on the river without and not as much risk. Also if we do end up losing the hand or forced to fold out on later streets we will get more action on our prem hands which is what we want
Anyways good luck.
Hand 2: I'd have to raise all-in no matter the amount of money i got on the table. But i don't play with any fear at all and leaving ppl wondering WTF!
When i play 6nl and 6tables I have had varience of greater than $70 and managed to bring it back. So playing 25nl would be out of the question until you can cope with a 300+ swing. But if your only playing 1 table then you should be alright with 50-100 varience only... downswings/upswings happen all the time and if your not use to losing bigger amounts of money then it's bankroll suicide until you can mentally cope on decent losses especially at 25nl