I don't know if it's a leak...
It's normally a good thing. For some reason, in 1c/2c and sometimes 5c/10c people can't let go of an A or any face card. They'll let go of a 10, but somehow a J gets them all mesmerized. I don't get it. But yeah, I see weirdness that I can't wrap my brain around to save my life.
Anyway, like everyone I get JJ from time to time. Being a decent pocket pair it's one of the few starting hands I can actually remember getting in a session.
But how to play them? I'll tell you what happens and then you tell me if I'm doing it right?
Early position I limp. I generally hate them so I limp. They're good, can't bring myself to fold them outright, I need incentive. So I limp. Middle to late position I'll make a position based raise, cuz I'm too stupid to slow play.
Now I'm expecting any pocket pair higher than mine to re-raise pre-flop. If I had pocket A's or K's I wouldn't want them getting trounced by some measly little pair. I'd re-raise.
Now, realistically, this almost never happens, but when it does, it really burns my toast:
I raise, they call. Flop's a rainbowed mess. Yeah, you can draw a hand but would need crazy-luck + would have had to be holding a really ugly starting hand. The kind of hand that makes my stomach turn it's so ugly. The kind I can't wait to fold(that kind of mess).
At this point I've raised pre-flop and I'm not scared of pairs because of the # of people who go all-in with just any pair. Because I'm not scared of pre-flop pairs, I'm also not scared of trips.
Ah but no need to fear trips. Because some dirty-rotten I dunno what was slow playing his/her AA or KK. Hehehe, and they're a better player than me, and what the hell are they doing at the penny tables?
I innocently enough start a betting frenzy and get bitten hard.
Only, this doesn't happen every time. Normally the betting frenzy's good. Someone with A/8 os(and I can't bring myself to play that hand, unless it's a loosey-goosey table, I've checked my brain at the door, and I get to limp. It happens.) is raising and re-raising their top pair(hey they think it's top pair okay?). That's normally what happens. And hand to god, normally they don't suck out, and when they do I'll dust myself off and start over.
So what gives? Should I not bet my JJ? But if I don't bet them, and someone sucks out, well, don't I only have myself to blame? But then shouldn't I blame myself for not knowing when I'm being played?