too broad a question. Tournament or cash? Stage of the tournament? What kind of pocket? What stack? Opponents? It's best to spend time and look for answers on the forum, a lot of useful, watch the video as professionals play. Good luck to you!
-22,33,44 only in position and fold if you don’t connect on the flop
55,66,77,88 raise pre-flop to narrow the field but prepare to fold if flop is high
9’s up to J or Q you should play hard from pre
Kings and Aces either all in from pre or see the flop and trap your enemy (danger!)
The strength of a pair of hand, not to play it as such, the goal is to make a set. If you are playing 22 33 44 and not hit a 2,3,4 flop, this hand is over for me. So if you're playing small pairs, you should throw them always "set-mining."
2-2 thru 5-5 in early position are set mining hands for me il fold if it raised more than 4 bb,s-they don't hit a lot but normaly pays well when it does-middle position is realy villain dependant imight fold to a raise or imight raise myself-late position I is when I would raise or reraise with them
In tournaments, if you are in a position, always raise, throw or go all-in. Call is not a good choice, always be aggressive.
In the initial stages of tournaments, 4BBs bet 30 or more Stack. If your stack under 25 BB, this is the middle phase, raise it with 2.2 BB
If you stack under 15BB, switch to all-in or fold strategy, so you either throw or all-in.
Early tournament - stakes are low and always credible if possible to peel a flop and move from there
Bubble time and you are SS..if you are right on that and in position, i would consider a jam depending on number of players live and who covers you or is likely to be crushed by calling you..being aggressive around the bubble is sometimes an optimum play
ITM.. again factor in whether you are prepared to play several streets as if you miss the flop and you are holding a small to medium pocket pair..there is every chance you will get raised or forced to play for stacks..
Holding a monster chip lead...ive said this time and time before..its relative to the effective stacks you are playing..its amazing how many times i have seen pockets that were 22 up to 1010 force AK AQ AJ to fold..big stacks with AK AQ AJ/KQ do not like being reraised - some will jam over top but more will fold in my opinion..
Raising or reraising in position is also a good play if you have decided that your pair is worth working..just have it in your armory to fold if your 3 bet goes to 5 bet. Too many players today bust out on low pairs seeking a hero turn or river..
remember as pretty as pockets look..they can also entice unnecessarily!
You can save a lot of chips folding and resisting sometimes.