Originally Posted by alaskabill
Never limp with pocket tens. That's criminal. Limping lets people with junk see a cheap flop and that's when people come on here whining that there 10's were cracked by someone with a random 6 4 off suit or whatever.
10's are a very strong hand and should be played as such. Raise. The key is how you play post flop. If over cards fall and someone is going crazy you are probably way behind. If you get the pot heads up on the flop and the board is something like 7 2 A rainbow, fire a continuation bet. You'll take it down most of the time.
Remember even when you are a favorite it isn't a gauranteed win. If you are an 80/20 favorite, well, that still means that 20% of the time you will lose but that doesn't mean that you don't push your edge. In the long run you are going to win most of your money with big cards. Pocket 10's aren't aces but they are a big pair and should be played as such.
Someone with more experience and more writing skill can probably explain this better than me but please for the love of God don't limp pocket tens and don't play scared with them.
I do not agree. From early position TT is not a verry strong hand. It is just an marginal hand. You are just slightely favourite at HU against any 2 overcards.
Problem with TT is that you can loose a lot of money with it unimproved. From this point of view any smaller pocket pair is easyer to fold with and save money. Suppose you are in early position, 3 bet, and the someone from MP and the Button calls. Flop is Q 9 3. You raise , Mp folds Button calls. Turn is an K or A. What do you do now? Check of course for pot control because he can have anything. He raises half of the pot feeling you are weak. You have to fold.
Same with the JJ. In a multiway pot that happens a lot at smallstakes TT is just a marginal hand and if you do not hit a set you are just an underdog.
Same thing with JJ. Your problem is a multiway pot.
JJ or TT at smallstakes should be treated like regular pocket pairs at smallstakes in multiway pots because you can loose much more money with TT than with a smaller pair. It is easy for somone to fold 87, 49 but it will be hard for you to fold TT if an overcard comes. And playing from early position can bring you a bunch of callers and one of them will hit the board.