I limp with pairs in all positions. Go from there according to the raises after my play. Sometime I go all in after the raise if I have a read on the player making the raise. But then again I limp with AA and wait for the raise then go all in and hope its only two in pot. Again I dont play by the book!!!
I would feel pretty good looking down at 99 in middle position. The hand has a lot of flexibility in terms of how you can play it. Actions ranging from Call to All-In could be defended, in my opinion. Personally, I like to play it similar to the way I would play Ax pre-flop. If the flop turns-out to be UGLY, and you face a lot of pressure, you have to be prepared to "abandon ship". If an A comes on the flop and you are the first to bet, a Cbet is not a bad option, if that gets called, you probably have to slow it down.
My stats on intertops show that I have won 114 of 184 hands (62%) with 99, which seems respectable. They do not have a stat for "middle position.
You could play 99 about any way that you want. Just MP doesn’t tell me everything I need to know before making a decision. No matter how you choose to play them if you win the hand then you played them correctly!!! Just my opinion .
If someone made a 3-bet before me, I call and watch the flop. When another player starts an action with a 5-bet, I fold. I don't need a big pot before the flop. Also, players after you can raise again and you will be in a bad position.
If I start the action first, I raise it so much that at least one player goes to the flop. And most often it will be the player in the blinds. A high flop means you need to slow down.
99 is in the top 6-7% of hands, so you've got to be pretty happy with it when you first look down.
I think, the issue for many people is, that 99 tend to hit a lot of second or third pair type hands, and that can be a somewhat tricky type of hand to play. A hand like AQ is somewhat easier, since you usually either hit a strong top pair or nothing at all. But then again the difficult spots are where, good players make their money in the long run
I usually play these hands with their normal poen rais and I evaluate if there is 3bet I call a percentage of the time depending on the player's information if it is very rock I usually fold many times if they let me reach the flop I evaluate if he sometimes usually raise a percentage that shows strength with almost any flop if I get paid and there are cards above the new one, I usually give up it is only a half line that I use
Today I was in a strange spot as A9 thoght that his hand worth to make a 3bet in a max9 turbo one, and KK went 12BB and we all had around 50. I had 77 in bigblind, so if A9 didnt push, I could call around 3-4bet and the flop was 4-5-6, river a 3.
So I could make everyone's point and said pockets in general are worth to play, but don't overplay them, unless you have such a high pocket or you are really low in money. And position and stack and your notes have huge impact how exactly you can play them.
It sucks , the same as all PPs , if sb else has not opened the action already , either with bet or by limping , so as to see what odds you get etc etc . Also on the BU , CO ,SB , not so bad , all othe rplaces suck for me , all pairs up to and not included JJ . But if you are in shove-fold mode , you know what to do and when to do it , even with deuces