This is a discussion on How to play small pocket pairs in Holdem? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; We all know that pocket pairs are cool against any not suited pocket cards. But when is it really worth it to play small pocket
You seem new to the game so I will assume full ring.
You are really not wanting to play the baby pairs like 22-66 in the early positions(This means no limping either!!) and start opening them in middle to late position.
In pots where someone already raised you should be calling with these pairs to set mine against their probable strong range and to set mine profitably make sure they have 18x behind of what the bet you need to call is. It is also good to make sure you have position and to not be flatting these hands out of the blinds unless there is already multiple callers.
I try to trust my reads. If I think I can out play a person after the flop, I'll open, but almost never limp. I feel if I am a better player, that no matter what comes on the flop I can take it down. Of course, it's never 100% and I have been stacked a few times by getting too ****y!!!
Raising from early position is not profitable. Most of the times someone will flat call and you will have to play out of position or you will face a 3-bet and you will have to fold. Calling a 3-bet is not profitable because you will not hit a set that often. You can raise 2.5x (or 3x at micro and low limits) from late position. Again if you face a 3bet you should fold most of the times unless you have info that the player is 3-betting too many hands. Even if you dont hit a set on the flop you should c-bet and take down the small pot most of times since the defending blinds usually miss.
re: Poker & How to play small pocket pairs in Holdem?
All pairs stand to be the best starting hand, even deuces, and they're so easy to play post flop. And what do we do with good starting hands? We open raise. Why would anyone ever limp?
Raising gives you 4 ways to win. You can take it down preflop, you can win with a flop CBet, you can improve, you can even win at showdown. Don't expect too much from your little pairs, but don't be cheap either. Give those little guys the respect they deserve and toss another bet or two into the pot.
You will face a 3-bet and you will have to fold. Calling a 3-bet is not profitable because you will not hit a set that often. You can raise 2.5x (or 3x at micro and low limits) from late position. Again if you face a 3bet you should fold most of the times unless you have info that the player is 3-betting too many hands.
I think calling a 3 bet is fine provided you and the villain are deep stacked have the implied odds for it. Preferably in position as well. However at the micros I've noticed almost every player calling a 3bet to set mine regardless of the bet size and what the effective stack is.
In Heads Up situations I'll raise 3BB regardless of pair and see what the flop brings.
If I'm re-raised I'll usually only call with 9's or higher. Not worth it becoming an all in situation for anything less and getting hit with a higher pair from the flop, turn or river.
Well i limp with them or pay some raise 2bb-3bb to see flop. When i play them it's usually on late stage of tournament or some good position in cash. Limp or try to see flop cheap. If there is nothing good for you fold.