Originally Posted by JessieBear15331
Here's what strategy I use when I have pocket pair:
If I have a low pocket pair, like pocket fours, I will raise a fair amount (100-300) pre-flop. If I have a high pocket pair (face pockets or bullets) I raise a substantial amount (300-600) pre-flop, but never go all in pre-flop, no matter what I have. I have been burned way too many times by going in with the nut starting hand, only to have another player earn a three-of-a-kind or even a FH on the flop.
In a sit'n'go? A multi-table tournament? I presume you're not talking cash games.
How many players at the table, what are the stack sizes, what's your position, has there been any action before you and what day of the week is it?
Having a basic strategy to playing is all good, but when it comes to pocket pairs, there's just so many things that factor in that no specific strategy will ever fit all - or even most - scenarios.
That said, if it's early in an SnG, I like to limp with small pocket pairs if there's been no raise and if I don't expect any, if my stack can handle it. The implied value I get out of a set usually covers it for me.
Larger pairs (88+) and it's all position, read and stack dependent.