re: Poker & how to play two pairs profitably - cash game strategy
Originally Posted by Tobaer
My questions are:
- should I play two pairs less aggressive when I’m playing in cash games considering that players are less scared to play draws aggressively compared to tournaments?
- how do you play when there is a 4/5 of a strait or flush on the flop or the turn?
- how to play profitably small two pairs when there are cards over your two pairs on the board (ex. you hold 9 - 10 and there is 9 10 A on the flop given that AT can frequently call a raise especially when in position or flat call when OOP – just an example but it can be any board with at least a card over your two pairs)
#1) It depends. A lot of players have a weakness of over playing hands like two small pairs, overpairs, and TPTK. These are hands that you sometimes have to let go.
#2) In cases like this, you need to play two-pair slow (not slow play) and be ready to fold if you encounter any stiff resistance. You might get bluffed out, but so what? Another name for a player who can't be bluffed is "calling station": how do they do over the long run?
#3) This is usually a good scenario, but it is also highly dependent on flop "texture". In the example given, a (9T) on a (A, T, 9) flop is very dangerous. (AT) and (A9) have you beat already. Add a couple of suited cards, and that makes possible even more combinations of suited aces. Any TPGK needs very short odds to profitably call, and the two Broadways on board can mean you're up against inside straight draws. What do you do if any K, Q, or J rolls off? You're guessing, and you never want to be in the position where you're doing all the guessing.
You'd be better off playing (76) on a (A, 7, 6) flop. Better still would be a (Q, 7, 6) flop as there are fewer combinations of (Qx) that you have to worry about. (A7-suited or A6-suited are both reasonable calling hands pre, Q7 not so much.)