re: Poker & Little thing about pocket pairs
Originally Posted by Marklar
too many times i've been burned on three of a kind. This last time I had a pair of Ks then a pair of Tens get thrown out. I didn't take the guy seriously, I know him personally, he checked, I bet, then he raised my bet. I thought he was just pulling my chain. So I stick it out through to the end and he does indeed have that third ten.
I'm now much more cautious about any pair thrown out there on the board. I view the pocket pairs as the weakest poker hand, besides nothing at all, and that you should only bet on with caution.
First, welcome to CardsChat and making your first post! (want to start positive)
BUT COME ON! The hand you describe is not about your KK being weak...it is about your opponents hand being strong...much stronger than yours. You have to be able to let the big pairs go when the board conspires against you...and learn to respect the check-raise. I dropped AA a couple days ago when the board flopped 9-8-7 (all diamonds) and another 9 on the turn. Opponent had called my pot sized bet on flop and raised my 1/2 pot bet on turn. I folded. My AA weren't weak...but they sure as hell were not strong with that board and my opponent's aggression.
Middle to small PPs can also be dangerous weapons. But, as has been said, you play them for set value...flop it or drop it! When you hit the set you have a hidden monster that can make a killing at NL/PL games...and do well in limit games.
Again, welcome to CardsChat, but I encourage you to rethink your position on pocket pairs and learn how to play them for maximum return and minimal loses.