Originally Posted by Chris_TC
Pocket pairs are strong because you don't need to hit anything. Obviously, you generally want to take the pot down on the flop unless you hit a set so that nobody can outdraw you.
Also, be ready to let go of your pair if there are overcards and you face resistance. But don't check the flop just because there's an overcard, that'd be pretty weak. 22 and 33 can take down pots without making a set.
Every pocket pair is among Phil Hellmuth's top 15 hands, and rightfully so.
I agree completely. I play pocket pairs based on the current table I'm on. Some tables, I'll fold em, others, I'll play em. Just depends on how weak / strong the table has been playing. If I know I can raise preflop, even in early position, just 2x the blind, most, if not all of the players at the table are going to fold, either giving me the pot preflop with no work to be done, or leaving me in a great position with first to act after the flop, in which case a bet comes out, and the pressure is then put on the other player to either fold, call, or raise.
I like to pressure those sitting at the tables with me. I end up taking down most of the pots that I see flops for, and it keeps everyone guessing. I like the agressive / maniac approach. Basically what I call the boderline insanity style of play.