Originally Posted by ryanmccauley211
How can you tell if you have J10 for example and hit top pair whether another player has Aj, Qj or Kj?
Don't play dominated hands against a raise!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's fine to open raise JT from the button but bad to normally call a raise with it.
Hands like AQ KQ KJ QJ JT are called trap hands for a reason. If you make top pair you may take down a small pot but if you get your stack in who calls your raise? Take AQ. If you pair the A what hands would you be losing to? AA AK QQ. If you pair the Q what hands do you lose to? AA KK QQ.
If the pot is raised in front of you and you have no reason to think villain is a maniac then fold most of these hands, That is why position is so important in NLHE. If it is folded to you in late position you can raise these hands but when you are in Early position if you raise then you will play out of position and have to decide whether to put money in the pot without knowing if your opponent has you outkicked and if they don't and you are unsure and you check you give them a free card to outdraw on you.