Originally Posted by DFirstBishop
I have to say first off that yes it does work from time to time and usually when it does you make a nice pot. Although, if you are playing in a low buy-in mtt or sitting at a cash table a lot of the time you will run into someone with your pair and a higher kicker, or even worse(in any tourney) someone that mini-rasied from early position with a small pocket pair. Either situation can lead to total disaster in terms of you winning or losing a pot. In the last week alone while I tried playing with these mid-suited-cards I have run into the small pocket pair that triped on the flop twice. Both times proving to be not good for my stack. The second time really cost me when I called a half pot bet after seeing a flop that left me with the gutshot str8 and top pair, and then the turn hit my str8 and the river paired the board giving him the boat. Probrably not all that common, but definitly something to think about.
I prefer to not worry about specific results. If your play is correct, it will pay off for you most of the time when you get your hoped-for hand. Nothing, other than a royal on the flop, will pay off every time you get it. There is a percentage of the time you can expect to win, and, in the long run, you will win that hand that many times. So if your pot odds
are correct, this will be a long-term winner for you. But, short-term, it will sometimes be painful. Think about it those times when you have room to fold, and are sure you are beat.