Requiem For Pocket Jacks
I recently read an article solely about Pocket Jacks by Daniel Negreanu that I would like to share with you.
Many players feel unlucky with Pocket Jacks. Well, it's not so much being unlucky, it's the fact they don't value or play them correctly.
In Hold'em, there is a difference between Pocket Queens and Pocket Jacks. With queens, there are only two overcards that could hit on the flop. With J-J, there are three overcards which makes the hand more difficult to play.
If there is no overcard on the flop, you still have trouble if it was a potential straight.
I like to quotew this next statement b3ecuase I think it sums up Pocket Jacks in general. "J-J is the one hand that seems too strong to fold yet not strong enough to hold if there is much action ahead of you." You have to be careful when you play pocket jacks. Actually, there may be some situations where you should fold them before the flop.
Even if you do hit your set, you still don't feel safe. So, protect your hand on the flop with a good size bet.
It's tough to fold your pocket jacks on a flop like 9-6-2 rainbow. Even though there aren't many hands that could beat you right now, you should bet aggressively with them. If you get raised, then you're in a dilemma.
What it comes down to is your judgement. Pocket Jacks are not easy toplay, but then, the same can be said in poker.