Originally Posted by PokerJoeAAAA
I think i would have smooth called him preflop, and pushed all in after the flop. I think it is a tougher call all in after the flop with a small pocket pair, unless you flop a set. a small pair preflop at best is 52/48, post flop with no set could be as bad as 90/10 or something like that. It just a harder call post flop with 3 overs on the board. Not sure i could call all in post flop with 2s. Just a thought for you to ponder.
I sorta like this answer. Only problem is 22 might have intented to push after the flop whether he hit or not, and you still have no idea what he's got. You're in the BB, you've gotta act before him. That's what makes this hand tricky is if you don't hit. You check, he'll raise. Now what do you do? On the other hand, there's a better chance
(no guarantee) that if you put him all-in after the flop, he'll fold when he
doesn't hit. If not, you're no worse off than having gone all-in preflop.
With your lousy position, fold is also a good option. 5x the BB is a huge raise, and the odds against any pair at all are slightly against you. Just a tough call. I don't think you played it badly. The 'almost' coin-flip just didn't work in your favor, a risk we all take at some point. However, with your decent chip stack, I might have waited for a better opportunity.