This is a discussion on How do you play pocket 10's? within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; I've had trouble playing pocket 10's in that if any ace, king, or queen falls on the board then I have to think I'm beat
& hope to get a set OR lower - or I go all-in, depending on position and how many calling to that point. I love pocket 10's, just a pet thing as they usually don't let me down, but understand their worth.
I think pocket 10's and J's are the two hardest hands to play. At a full table, I really don't like being dealt these hands because they can get you in big trouble, IMO.
In tourneys, I generally put in a big (4-5 X BB) raise pre-flop. If I'm called, I'm going to be very careful if an overcard hits. I'll probably fold to a raise here, unless I have a very good read on the opponent and feel he's bluffing.
During the late stages of a tourney/short handed, though, I'm more likely to go all-in preflop.
6 max TT is likely to be the best hand. Around a 90% chance at a rough estimate. Therefore, your likely to have the best hand on the flop about 9 times out of ten. If you have a caller. So you must raise.
Look at this way, you have TT and a player calls u with Arag and u take the post flop skill out of equation. You run the hand 10times and you have a 65/35(roughly) edge and run over him. The only way a player with Arag can beat you in the long term is if he has better post flop skills. If he is of equal skills PF then your win against him. So look at the hand from a neutral stance and not from a short term one. Where your remember....every TT where an A or K hit the flop. What about all the times the flop came low and you had a strong OP.
With pocket 10's, I look not only at the flop, but position and how others have been playing. If a tight player raises post flop, I fold. But if a loose player raises based on the flop, I have to consider staying. You have to play your game, but base that game on the table you are playing.
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I'm with the pencil sharpener guy. The fact that the answers are so different is that a pair of 10's is a tough hand to play. I like to call in an early position and raise if on or one of the button. Only if short stacked in tourny will I go all in on 10's.
Ok well no offense guys but its time to bring out the truth, There is no certain way to play tens, there are so many ways to play 10s thats its impossible to just tell you to play them one way everytime, it all depends on stack sizes, your opponets and so many other things...
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In all seriousness, 1010 is a pretty decent hand to hold and you're only beat by the JJ-AA, a race vs. any combination of face and/or ace, and you beat everything else. Its a hand that you definitely want to raise with PF and look to C-bet on a good amount of times (depending) because majority of the time you'll have the best hand. On the flop, an over card might hit, so your action would be dependent on how many players are in the hand and your opponents. If its one or two villains w/ 1 over card, bet out but just be ready to slow down if you're called/raised. If there are more villains and or more over cards on the board, then you're better off just check/folding.
It's hard to play TT hard unless you hit a set, but I find you almost have to raise PF with them. If you raise, and hit your set, the board has most likely given your opponent at least 60% of a broadway straight. (due to people calling with AK, AQ, AJ) If your raise gets multiple callers, and there's another face card on the flop, your set can be in real trouble.
So many times, I find my trip-tens beaten by a straight. The only time they seem to make money is when I can play them as an overpair.