Weak pocket pairs
Any advice on how to play these?
Typically, if I get any pp from 22 through 88, I'll limp to the flop(fold against any raises preflop). If I don't hit a set, I'll get away from the hand... If I hit a set, I will check/raise, or raise if I'm the button.
If it's a rainbow flop: I'll check/raise a little bit. If someone raises, I may just call and check/raise the turn and river, too... figuring it's likely their hands will not improve against mine. Slowplay, and hopefully someone else will catch something so that I can stack them.
If there's a possible straight or flush draw on the flop: Right now, I play mostly the same.. but I've had to fold frequently, when I have to worry about a straight or flush when the turn may improve the hand(ex: im 77, and flop comes out 7h,2h,Ac, I check/call a weak minimum bet, and the turn gives another heart--allowing a flush for somebody! Villain might raise 5BB or something here, so I fold..) I probably need to start betting more on the flop, even if it means taking down smaller pots--I mean, if I bet 5BB on the flop, everyone may fold, but if I slowplay and that straight or flush card doesn't come, I can earn some $$ from people drawing out against me, but also possibly having to fold when somebody hits their straight or flush.
So, I'll keep slowplaying the rainbow flops when I hit a set---but should I bet big when I hit my set with straight/flush-possible flops(damn, is there shorthand for this kind of flop? lol), or play like I do now and let people pay when they draw out against me?
edit: hmm, i should probably have posted this in the Poker Strategies forum. :O