Originally Posted by telboy
In a no limit cash game what positions would with a pocket pairs 88 - 22
As others mentioned, there is no standard recipe. Factors to consider include:
-Who is left to act behind--are you going to get raised / reraised if you open?
-Do your opponents have hands/stacks to pay you off the 7-1 odds you need to justify set-mining?
-Are you likely to pick up the blinds with a small raise, and use your PP to defend if someone plays back at you?
-Has the table been acting completely passive, and unlikely to raise if you limp in from early position? (i.e. are there usually 4-6 players to each flop with no raises?)
My only rule of thumb to play PP is if I'm on the button or in the cut-off; the pot still hasn't been opened; and there are no hyper-aggressive maniacs ready to act behind me. If that is the case, I'll open the pot with a standard raise, and be prepared to surrender them at the first sign of aggression if I don't improve.