This is a discussion on How do you play small pairs? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; How do you play a small pocket pair in middle position at:
1) Deep stack tourney with more than 10 blinds
2) Turbo tournaments with less than
In early positions with a deep stack, I fold pairs to fives 90% of the time. At 10% - limp. With sixes, sevens, eights and nines limp, sometimes raise. Dozens and above - raise. With 66-99 I am ready to call a raise, but only if I am against one opponent. I don't want to be in multi-pot with these hands.
I usually play with par 5s and upwards, but always being very careful, the thing with me is that I tend to follow my intuition more, that is why I say that I play them very carefully when it is from par 5 to par 8, with other major pairs ground play a little more aggressive
With a short stack, there are many charts on how to play push-fold. For example, a push-fold by Nash. With a large stack, you can make a lot of raises, tribets are effective, you can open a lot of hands with some potential.
Any answer that you get will be disappointing for you. Because in the game you will never be able to repeat these situations. There are a lot of situations at the table, and you can't talk about it from an absolutely correct point of view.
Remember, the main thing at the table is to be able to read the situation, when the cards are already lying at the table. Or carefully study the opponent when bets are placed on the preflop. Sometimes, it is possible to enter the game with 2-7 and get a huge advantage on the flop. Another situation is, when you have AA and the winning percentage on the flop is less than 25%...
Players lose because they play inattentively or make very stupid mistakes, when it is absolutely not worth doing. You are playing against the opposite player, study him and minimize your mistakes at the table. Your cards are just a small tool...
Hey, here i give u some tips for MP pocketpairs
1) It depends if someone openraised, if someone already openraised and u have a small pair under 77 i would fold, and over JJ i would 3bet...... If u are the openraiser, i would only play pockets over 55+ in Midposition as an openraise.
2) i guess under 10 bigblinds it goes almost every time in, just if the ICM is in play u have to be tighter
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If you have a large stack in the tournament, then you can play small pocket pairs while in the position (on the button), if you play in an early position, then when the highest cards fall out on the flop, and this will be very often, it will be very difficult for you to play a small pocket pair.
Well, if you have a short stack in the tournament and a small pocket pair has come, then everything is very simple, put all-in and hope for luck )).
If you are deep enough (25bb or more) you have a lot of maneuverability with pocket 2-8's and can either choose to set mine by calling a raise and seeing the flop, or re raising to get opponents off of overcards (K10, QJ, ect.) but if you are short stacked (8bb or less), you have to come to a decision based on push fold charts, but the way I see it is any pocket pair under 9s is going to be a garunteed flip with any hand thats calling a shove (AJ, AQ, KQ, etc.). Theres no reason to shy away from your pocket 4s if you are really short and need to shove, its the same as any pocket pair at that point.
Easy....Both situations.......Play them like very carefully or play them like you have the NUTS!!!
ah yes, the ol' 49.5/49.5 approach to playing any poker hand: you either win or you don't. every hand can win and every hand can lose, am i right? and if you're either winning 49.5% of the time or losing 49.5% of the time, you're breaking even in the long run. you just need to balance out the hands you win/lose with so they're even.