Originally Posted by MFaith
I hear pros like Greg Raymar say that in the beginning of tourneys, when stacks are deep, he likes to play pairs and suited connectors....
I don't understand suited connectors as the chance of drawing a straight flush are practically nil and I gotta figure a lot of folks are limping with higher suited cards (A-x, K-x)...
Playing suited connectors, as opposed to connectors, gives you that extra 3% (or whatever) chance of hitting the flush.
Raymer is not talking about playing with any suited connectors in any position, or calling anybody's open with them.
He's going to fold them when certain people are active in the pot, and he'll fold smaller suited connectors in early position and play some of those same cards in late position.
Early in a tournament not only are you deep, but there are a lot of weak players who are easy to read (I believe Raymer credits his WSoP
win to watching people's necks) and these weak players overvalue their hands so they'll stack off with thing like two pair. People also tend to call down celebrities a bit more. So hitting a flush can be a jackpot for him, and if the villain has a bigger flush Raymer can get away from it without too much damage.