re: Poker & trouble hand question
Originally Posted by philthy
So, what is the proper way of playing a big (JJ-KK) in the small blind when everyone limps?
So my questions:
-What would be the best way to play this hand in early rounds of an MTT or SNG?
-Should I raise PF in this position? And if so, what would be a correct amount to raise to drive weak people out, but not really commit too many chips early on?
-Is just calling and hoping to see a cheap flop worth it? If I hit a set, there is a good chance I'll get paid for it and my hand is diguised. Or should I try and take the pot down right there?
Those are all good questions, sometimes its not a good thing to be dealt a high PP in the 1st/2nd level of an MTT or SNG unless you play it smartly, and by that I mean that you need to be ready to let it go if the circumstances aren't favorable. The big raise to 200, as was suggested here, is the way to go if you're sitting in the blinds and six limpers are already in. Most times this will work in isolating 1 player, but still you might end up having the pot go 4-way or more, in which case don't get frustrated and make sure the hand doesn't cost you too much.
In the lower end of the range, QQ-JJ, an overcard on the flop will come often and if pot is 4-way just be ready to dump your hand because its very likely any weak A or K will call a flop bet because these players who call big PF raises just don't fold, and they'll get you broke. When this happens take your 200 loss and move on. Against this type of players who call almost any raise there are no safe flops, and its very hard to deal with it if 3 or more of them are in with you.
The suggestion, given above in another post, on how to play the flop if your PF raise does succeed in isolating 1 or 2 players is fine, no need to get back on that.
I also wanted to talk about another scenario that often happens in level 1, and that is when a big PP is dealt to you UTG or even UTG +1, and you're first in the pot. In this case the first thought is to get value for your hand so you can't just raise to 200, but the problem when you raise to 80 is that pot might go 5-way and what's worse is that you're first to act on the flop. Obviously its almost impossible to discuss this because its situational, it depends how big you're PP is, if there is an overcard and what the flop texture is. But the reason I mention it is that in general you're better off to get ready to dump your hand if it doesn't improve and you bet the flop and get multiple callers, because really with that many in the pot almost no flop is safe regardless if there are overcards or not. This is a mistake that I see ( and have made) many times and have learned to be aware of. Once you bet the flop you need to slow down if called.