Originally Posted by LD1977
1) Is it better to limp 22-66 (77?) UTG (assuming someone pretty much always raises anyway) or raise? I think raising makes it easier to get value if I flop a set.
2) If I raise, do I ever cbet if I don't flop a set? Lets say A92 rainbow flop?
Blackrain, in his book, makes a good case for limping the small pairs in early position at 2nl and 5nl. That said, even he admits that they are very small winners from these spots. Mainly because you're out of position, so even when you hit it's hard to maximize your profit from them. There's nothing wrong with folding them.
If you raise, you might c-bet if you have one caller from the blinds. If you are multi-way or out of position, just check/fold. It's weak, but it's also a cheaper mistake than trying to buy a pot that can't be bought.
Now, I will sometimes limp these pairs (shhh, don't tell anyone) against a clueless and over-aggressive opponent. I know if I don't put in a raise pre-flop he will. I also know that I don't want to have to fold to a c-bet. And, if I am doing this, I know the most likely opponent is over-aggressive post-flop as well. He's also going to be deep-stacked (at least 100xbb pref. more) and willing to put a lot of money in the pot if he thinks it can be bought. It's very rare to find that special person. But, when you do, it's magic.