This is a discussion on Middle Pocket Pairs within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; How do you play middle pocket pairs 99-22 ? Do you raise preflop in position or do you just call and try to catch a
Usually When stacks are deep if I see people are playing fairly tight I would probably raise it with a decent amount of the time, otherwise set mining never seems bad since you can play for their entire stack.
When the pocket is 99 or 88, it usually increases regardless of the position, lower than that I prefer to call and wait for the flop, unless there is a strong raise before and in that case I would fold the hand. I know it's not the right thing to do, but it's what I usually do
depends on the game situation you are in, yesterday I was eliminated from the CC tournament with a pair of 6, there were 72 players left and I went all in trying to steal the big blind or catch something and the small blind accepted it with a pair of J
I only call with small pairs if I close the action or if I know that there are very passive players behind. It is always best to raise, because you can represent a bigger variety of hands on the flop if you have the iniciative. Folding some of the smaller pairs is also an option, it does not cost any money.
The average pairs going from 77 to the JJ are very difficult to play, and require a lot of judgment to be played at profit. I usually bet 3 bets but that depends on several other factors including position? the management of the pot, the number and the level of the players who play on that shot ect ..
when I do not touch the flop and call a strong raise to see the turn.I do not hesitate to fold. on the other hand, if you are in a situation where no one has made a big raise pre-flop and you have not touched a set, but your pair is superior to all cards on the flop. In this case, you have to do a raise. This is the only way to sound your opponents. A substantial stimulus of preference, to avoid absurd calls that would find an improbable sequel or color in two cards, turn and river.
I like to mix it up alot especially if i am utg and can expect someone to raise me from position. depending on the stack size and tournament level i might fold something as good as 77 from UTG, or raise 22 by 3.5xBB. It really just depends on what my objectives are for my stack and what I need to make a run at the final table. PP that hit sets are one of the greatest and most disguised hands you can have to if youve got the chips, playing for sets is a great way to double up.
All depends on what point of the tournament. If I'm sitting comfortably I won't risk too much of my stack pre-flop but if I'm behind I might use that as an opportunity to potentially steal some blinds or double up.