Originally Posted by Zync
I'd like to have your opinion on how to play TT, JJ and QQ in early stage of STT.
For the moment, I will open-raise with all those hands and flat call an open-raised pot. If the flop is low and I don't catch my set, I'll make it costly to someone to continue in the hand.
Does it make sens to try to move all-in there and catch someone with top pair? Does it worth the risk to do it in early stage of the tourney?
To some extent this depends on how much you know about your opponents and how many big blinds you have in your stack. In the early stages you might have 50-100bb. Given early on you might not know much about your opponents. Raise UTG or first in, I like 3bb. If you only get callers or everyone folds it's onto the flop...(a)
If someone raises it will depend on how much and their stack size ( how many bbs you might win). say they raise to 6bb, call with TT, JJ, QQ if you stand to win 48bbs+, for a 9bb raise call with JJ or QQ if you can win 72bb+ , to an all-in fold it's too early to risk you stack without player knowledge. (b)
(a) When you get to the flop and are first to act check the texture, assuming you didn't make the set raise .5pot+bb if there is only one overcard and the flop is unco-ordinated or your pair is an overpair, fold to a big reraise, be wary of a call. check to the river or fold.
If you made your set, play it as you please, bold is probably best.
(b) When you get to the flop after a reraised preflop be much more cautious, no set no bet, no overpair no bet. Top or second set, pot size raise and hope for a reraise then all-in.
Ignore me, the more I reread this the more I realise how much more complicated it is!