I catch a lot of small pairs on reg. tables and in tournys. To tell you all the truth I don't really know how to play them preflop. I sure don't raise with them but really I do little raising anyway. After the flop I sure know when to fold them. But is there a way to play small pairs and win with them even if you don't make a set. Any advice would be great.
It is not uncommon for many people to not know how to play small PP.
So rest easy you are not the only one out there,hopefully my advise will help out a little in understanding.
Ok playing small pocket pairs all depends on position and table image , I cannot stress this enough in tournament poker that these are the two key factors.
You as well have to know your players at the tables ranges/styles/etc etc.
I would always open pot small from early position with any pair if it has not been opened yet dependiong of course on my imagine as to what kind of player the rest of the table thinks I am,and what kind of players I have behind me.
I would certainly as well depending on the player who opened style of play call A bet from.
This all really depends on your imagine(ie, what kind of player your opponents think you are,if you are a TAG player you are likley going to get alot more folds than as being a LAG player.
Then you can factor in you position and players images nehind you and determine what kind of move you can make with them.
Just because you missed you flopped set doesnt nessisarily mean that your opponent hit there flop either.
So my advise would be to determine players styles behind you,your own imagine,and your position,and this should help you understanding how to isolate and win with small pocket pairs.
If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a pm.