This is a discussion on 18-22 BBs UTG, Limp-Min Raise or Fold? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; If you have 88-JJ UTG with 18-22 BBs do you limp, min raise or push? This is a situation I run into in tournaments and
It depends how far you are til that bubble bursts...
You probably have some time to wait for another hand but I'd push. I don't like min raising to take the blinds because it's too easy for people to find the guts to come over the top when you look weak.
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I feel the same as you, I can not play those middle pairs in early position. Depends on the speed tournament, with 18-22 UTG would a rise x3,5 willing to go all in against a 3bet. If only limpers, I look at the flop and if we do not connect set and no we are fortunate not to leave the overcards, discard your hand if there are several limpers and if there is only one limper assessed the situation.
re: Poker & 18-22 BBs UTG, Limp-Min Raise or Fold?
In early stage of tournament I'd never fold, i might shove 88 or 99 (depends on the table) but Id rather raise TT and JJ. To be honest its hard to answer question like this, you should say more precisly, what tournament? Which phase? How deep are players? Etc.
That's a tricky spot to be in. If I'm in the BB with 88 then I look to re-steal by shoving against MP or LP raisers. UTG is tougher. If I'm at a tight table, I'd probably shove. At a loose table, I might put in a standard 2.5BB - 3BB raise hoping to either hit a set or get heads up with a favorable flop.
I tell you my experience: I was in a tournament in utg, with approximately 15 bb. My hand: Q-Q. I go all in, he pays me mp2 (he was 7-7) on the flop, mp2 gets his set. (I'm out of the tournament)
If I had 8-8 or + in utg, with that amount of chips I would raise min to 2.25-2.75. If they raise me again, I am in a fold / all in situation. This depends on the type of opponent that I face; if it is aggressive, conservative and how many active players are in the hand.