Pocket Dueces

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Goldmank

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I always found pocket dueces a hard hand to play both preflop and after the flop. Do you just limp in with them and hope to catch trips or else you fold, or do you raise preflop with them. IF the flop hist 3 blanks could your twos be good? Lets hear your strategies on playing them.
 
MicheleW

MicheleW

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Hi - I was told to play them like connected straight cards - not as a big pp. Then if it flops trips - you're in. If you don't, you haven't bet big on nothing. I've folded small pp's like 2/3/4/5's because my outs to trips is pretty slim. I usually just call the bb and give them a try to the flop.

As for you last question. Watching alot of hands - if cards come out higher than 2's (and they will LOL) - someone usually has those in their hands - like A4 or A5 or K9 or ? so the 2's are worthless.
 
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Tammy

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I have to agree. If anyone raises before the flop, I'm outta there w/ 2s. I love it when people go all in with small pockets like these....it reminds me a little bit of premature, uh, well, you get the picture...lol
 
Devilpoker78

Devilpoker78

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Yea I wouldve done the same, fold in the face of a raise or limp in and see if the trips flop. But usually its just too risky playing pair deuces, and ill never play it in an early or mid position, I think its a waste of time, and money.
 
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LordFan

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I am always afraid of small pairs. (anything lower than pocket 8s). It's pretty hard to catch a 3rd card but if one high card comes on the flop then your gone.
 
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colin_147

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Fold, fold fold! They never win. Even with trips I have been beat before. I will only call late tourney, 2-4 players at my table.

Otherwise I am out
 
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koy4714

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I find 22 to be a scary pocket. I'll try to limp in but I find myself folding these post-flop 9 out of 10 times. (Probably more.) You're only hoping for trips or maybe trips may fall on the board for you to complete a house.

But you have a hand and in the end, you'll at least have an out.:p
 
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Goldmank

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Thanks for the great tips guys, pocket dueces have always been a hard hand to play. You oppinions really helped though thanks!
 
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JJedi53

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Hmmm I forgot who said it.... limp in... no set=no bet
you think 22 is bad try JJ
 
IrishDave

IrishDave

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I never push a pair below Jacks, limp in and if I don't hit trips I fold. If I do hit trips I'm still very wary of the straight/flush possibilities. One of the things I've learned the hard way lately is "if in doubt, lay'em down". Laid down 3 Kings the other day as I had a bad feeling the A-K-6 flop also tripped someones Aces - I was right...
 
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Rainking

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I don't even call to se the flop in early position with 22, maybe in late. What do you think - too tight or just right? :)
 
The_Missnary

The_Missnary

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I routinely fold small pocket pairs since your chance of flopping a third is so low; something like 12%? Someone check my math, I just tried to scribble it out on paper.. lol
Plus, when you dont hit your trips, there's a 100% chance of overcards on the flop..
 
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jcav18

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tough play

i like to either limp in or play agrressive with only a few callers remaining.
 
H8POKER

H8POKER

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I will usually limp in but if im in late position and no one has bet yet or or a weak player as limped in b4 me then i will go with a nice raise try to grab the blinds and play heads up or just steal the whole thing.
 
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uetzb

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I will usually limp in trying to see the flop myself, but occasionally so my play isn't stagnant I will put down a large raise and hope to scare some folks out. All depends on how the game has been going at the time.
 
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Bke20

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Pocket 22

I have found 22 hard to play too. I think you limp in or simple raise just to build the pot. If you flop trips then the raise did what it was suppose to do. I think if you didnt hit the trips you check and fold and the raise worth it just incase u did hit the trips.
 
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coendp

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NEVER CALL WITH POCKET DEUCES!!! Unless you are the big blind and it is free. They will just suck money out of you. I see a ton of players who will stick with them till the end. What are you doing!?!
 
goldfinger1217

goldfinger1217

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I Limp in and ope to hit set on flop If not I just fol them to any bet.
 
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wrestlenrun

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Do not call raises with pocket 2s...limp in or fold them.... if u are severely severely short stacked and blinds are high go all in hoping to win a race or simply take down the blinds and antes


Do not invest too much with just a lousy pair of dueces
 
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takua

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Ok here's the thing...

with ANY pocket pair you have a 1 in 8.5 chance of hitting trips on the flop. If nobody has preflop raised and you are in late position limp to see the flop. If you don't hit trips then you have to assess where you are at. This game is more than just about the cards. Any hand you are in could be worth a bluff if the situation is right. With a pocket pair, even if your bluff is called, you still do have a couple of outs... Also, keep in mind that if you flop the set, you don't have to worry TOO hard about straight and flush draws. Even if they hit, you still have a lot of outs to improve to a boat.

Give me a set of 2's every hand and let me play against straight and flush draws. I will take their stacks.

Just to add to this, yes a set of 2's isn't as sexy as say a set of aces. You can still be beat by 2 pair that boats up when you boat up. You could lose to a higher set. Whatever. A set is a set and odds are pretty good you are way ahead on the flop.
 
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pdkash

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I'll try to limp in low when the blinds are small after that if not in a real good position avoid them.
 
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