re: Poker & How to play pocket pairs
Originally Posted by gnomo
really nice, but isn't better folding pockets like 22-55? they're very low, and almost all the time appears something better at the flop.
but i agree that everything depends on your reads and how the table is going.
I think these cards are worth a limp and sometimes a raise, especially if the table is weak/tight giving you fold equity or you have good position. Frankly, playing ATC on the button at a weak table can be profitable if you're willing to bet the pot on an unraised flop, and a pocket pair is better than ATC. The odds
of flopping a set or better are 7.5:1, and if you do hit the flop, there's a good chance you'll win better than an 8:1 return on your initial call. If the table makes a post-flop call cheap, the odds of hitting a set or better by the river are 4.2:1 (from pre-flop, not post-). These hidden sets are some of the most profitable hands in poker, especially if opponent plays top pair or two pair strong. Yes, you'll lose most hands with small pocket pairs, but it's not about winning hands, it's about winning money. Sometimes you get beat set over set, but not too often.
I'll limp with a small pocket pair any time I can, raise in late position and call some raises in later positions if the conditions are right.
Dust Chinstrap aka Gary the Worden