Originally Posted by karl coakley
I'd always rather have a pair than not. Not sure how 33 isn't in first when it is the favorite vs any of the other hands. Pretty easy, 33, AQ, A9, J7. If you think otherwise, play a big pot with AQ and watch your stomach sink when the board is 2, 7, 9.
The problem with that thinking is that you don't know what the other guy's hand is. Against pocket Tens, AQ is a dog but it's a live dog but 33 is dogfood. One tool I use for looking at all-in or fold situations is something I call domination score. 33 is dominated by eleven bigger pairs, or 66 card combinations. AQ is dominated 24 card combinations, remember we eliminate the Ace and the Queen we are looking at. AQ dominates more hands and is in a negative race situation against many hands, which may be all you can hope for in those situations. 33 dominates 22 and is racing for its life most of the time.
In shallow-stacked all-in situations, I rate these hands AQ, A9s, 33, J7
When you can get in for a small part of your stack and make your decisions after the flop, I rate these hands pretty close to equal except the J7 which is last.
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