Ok, so this is the 5th hand of the tournament, so we know there are lots of in-experienced, “I saw poker on T.V.” players in the field. You have 50BB and there are no antes – you definitely don’t want to get stacked at this point.
I don’t like to raise out of position here for the following reasons:
1. He’s not going to fold – it doesn’t matter what he has he will call, so raising just sets you up to lose your stack.
2. Assuming he’s a good player; he’s not stealing here as the blinds are simply not worth stealing at this point. This means AJ off is hurting against his range. Let’s say you spike your Ace – what now?
3. You’re out of position in a meaningless and luck favored hand – most things you do will not get your opponent to fold.
The only advantage to raising you have is that the SB folds, that’s it.
I would just follow suit and check. Now in this example you flop two pair and can easily make a pot size or even an over pot sized bet. A good player is going to fold to a vast majority of bets here and even bad players have a vague concept of pot odds
. There’s $90 in the pot and you’re second to act; assuming the SB checks I would bet $100.
Now, let’s say our villain calls anyway and the 10 comes down. This does complete several draws and is a problem card – additionally, at this stage of the game you want to keep the pot small, so I check.
As long as an inert card falls on the river I would lead out now with about 50% of the pot (150) and you would have obviously been raised and could easily fold; losing the minimum, which is maybe the greatest victory in poker.
Bottom line, two pair is a great hand and but the board presents some problems. Play it passively, save your chips until they matter - you don’t want action here and if you get it folding has to leap top the front of your mind.