Are PP a leak in my game?
I am wondering if I am playing pocket pairs correctly.
I don't mean AA/KK/QQ, but rather the smaller ones. Lets say 99 on down.
I am asking because yesterday I believe I was playing almost mistake free, (should of called a coinflip because of pot odds
, chased once), was winning some nice pots, but ended up barely breaking even for the day after almost six hours of play.
All I can figure is it had something to do with the inordinate number of pocket pairs I was dealt yesterday. I probably averaged one every four or five hands, all but one less then JJ. I even remember one stretch where I had five pocket pairs over the course of seven hands.
Pretty nice you say? Not one of them hit the flop, or even ended up being an overpair.
As you can guess, limping or calling with those cards sucked a lot of money from my stack.
Now I am wondering, what do you do with the non-premium pairs you are dealt?
Me, I try to:
1.) Limp with them in order to see a flop.
2.) Call a reasonable pre-flop raise.
3.) Muck them if overcards hit and people came out betting.
Now I am wondering, how do you play middling pocket pairs? Was I merely unlucky? Do you find it just not cost effective to play the smaller ones below, lets say 88?
Any insights would be appreciated.