This is a discussion on Best Way to Play Jacks? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; I always wonder wich is the best way to play pairs like J-J, T-T or 9-9. So, how do you play it? and what advice
What hands we play is determined by our position. Usually the later our position the more we can expand our range of hands that we will play. I suggest you do a bit of reading on position and also download some hand strength charts that indicate what works best in which position.
As far as your question go I can say this. If you are in first to enter the pot from any position it's a good idea to raise with JJ but be prepared to fold if someone behind you re-raises you. If someone else already raised before you it is better to just call and see a flop with the aim of getting a set. If someone raised and was in turn re-raised before you then fold. In such a case JJ will rarely be the best hand and you don't want to get caught between to top pairs.
Pocket Tens and lower should rarely be played from an early position. These are great hands for late position when there was little or no betting in front of us. If you play them from early position then there's a very good chance that someone wakes up with a bigger pair behind you and if they then re-raise you'll have to fold. In late position you can also just call a raise and try to hit a set on the flop but be pre-paired to fold if you miss.
So JJ is fine to open a pot with but not to get into a betting war with pre-flop. Tens and lower you play in late positions like the button or cut-off with the sole aim of hitting a set.
Of course there are always exceptions but if you're a beginner stick to the above at first. As you gain more experience you learn to know what kind of player your opponents are and can adjust you opening hand range accordingly. For example if someone is always raising with junk like KT or 78 from early positions then we might consider starting to call with medium to strong pocket pairs and strong connectors like AJ/KQ etc.
Emi - i think the best way is to raise Big preflop... push out all smaller cards that can end up beating you. on the flop make a value bet see where you are at and bet pretty big. Most likely they fold. but if the flop comes A K 5 or something well then id get ready to fold lol.
I will express my opinion for the 9-max tournaments. With pocket cards JJ, TT or 9-9 to raise 3-5 BB from any position or call a standard raise size. With these cards, you do not have to go limp into the game. Pocket cards JJ, TT, 9-9 becomes difficult to play, when on the board appears overcard and the opponent calls the raise.
A friend of mine says that JJ is the hand of death. 50% of the time we will win with this hand, survive if we are shorts or stay deep at the table. The other sad 50% is when we lose, and they take away much of our stack, or worse, we eliminated from the tournament. Until now I have not found a correct way to play this hand. It will depend a lot on the position and our stack.
Pocket Jacks are tough to play, and much depends on your position. From an early position, I would put in a healthy raise to get Ax or KQ to fold....once you see the flop, it will be a fairly straight forward decision.
I'd rather just pay in early positions. In final position a simple raise to see the flop. If someone raises before, I just paid in the end. These pairs need attention and care to play, the main JJ that seems stronger than it is.
MAH HAH! JJ.... i play JJ like its 77, but i play 10 10 like its KK.. the jacks.... everyone knows about the JJ curse.. Just have to play them according to situation, even tho they don't win a lot. Hard to add value to JJ question.
I play Micro don't trust my opinion!
With pocket JJ I play either very aggressively or very passively (there is no middle) !!!
* If I raise with JJ I do it a little more than usual to understand where I am and knock out weak aces !!! If the player raises before you, or reraises, then I (depending on the stage of the tournament) go all-in or throw off the cards (just play limps, this is a bad option)
The main mistake is incorrect evaluation of the strength of a pair of jacks. Despite the fact that they look like a very decent hand, you should not try to put as many chips in the pot as possible before the flop. Adequate opponents are unlikely to play with you and without having an ace, a king or a lady, which means that on any flop where such cards come, you will feel very uncomfortable. Especially if you have previously invested a significant portion of your stack in the pot.
the better way to play this hands is like others hands, you have to observation the villains and how is the range of cards he playing, this hands dont is a premium hands and u have to be careful... look the positions and make a standard of play (like, open raise 2.5x, little c-bet, or if you hit the jack or nine like you say, one check raise is good) ... its too many situations, like drawns or straight drawns... be careful, man, poker is a hard game, its a mind game ...
THATS ALL FOLKS
JJ is kind of an intermediate hand early in a tournament lets say. Meaning you have to know whats going on at the table in order to play it aggressively. If you've got a guy at the table thats in a lot of pots then it becomes a monster 3 or 4 bet hand. If there are people that like to limp a lot then it becomes a great hand to squeeze with. On the other hand if the table NIT has 4x it UTG then those Jacks shrink up real quick. Later on in the tournament, when BB's get low then it becomes a standard shoving hand and hold for the flip.
The most important thing to remember about JJ is you have to be willing to fold when its beat. People tend to assign it the same intrinsic value as QQ or KK and it does (to a degree) as long as its not beat. If you raise on the button with JJ and the BB defends and the board comes 72Q even though JJ was ahead preflop Q3 beats you here.
Hello the best way to play JJ is equating the big blind initial or paying 2 big blinds, if on the flop you do not hit but you see that you take the advantage do not withdraw before a low bet like 1 or 2 big blinds equal to see if you improve Game on the following streets. I hope you serve luck on the tables.
depends where on what table you plaing jacks.
NLH 6 max id always 3 bet in position or call out of position / makes it unlicky for the opponent to put you on jacks if a Jack hit on the flop.
Then slow play flop - mostly gonna check call whit a set or over paar - if there are 2 overs on board you basicly make 3rd paar id lean to check callign aggresive players and lean to check flop to a nit player.
Heads up and Tournament poker, Never Folding it pre
I like to mix up my play so sometimes I will call or raise with JJ, then it depends on the amount of action and the flop. It is a really good hand though. If I've been card dead for hours I love to see JJ. You can't just throw a hand like that away easily without trying. If the flop comes all low you've got a good shot of having the best hand and if it comes with a J and someone hits their K or A you can win a lot of money (assuming there's no straight).