Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Playing pocket pairs
Pocket pairs can be a good sorce of profit when played right, so heres a little guide on how you should be playing them.
Big pocket pairs:
Most online players are aggresive and loose so tend to call any pre-flop bet, so a raise of 3-4BB is neede and should be enougth to get rid of the loose player trying to hit str8s and weak flushs. If your lucky and you hand becomes stronger then check and hope the villians did too. (some players will limp with AA, not advisable but in the right hands a gold mine)
Mid pocket pairs:
You should be acting accourding to your table, as in dont play the ultra tight players raise with 77 etc. If in EP feel free to get in cheap if possable(some tables it will be an instant fold). In mid/LP you should be mainly be raising, players will put you on a steal, if flop comes big your folding (not always) if low your raising, (1 over card is fine).
low pocket pairs:
I tend to just fold, but again if you can get in cheap do so, then its either fold or if it makess set then check and be sneekey.
Hitting your set:
2 things you must watch out for is str8 draws (or made) and flushes.
Checking your set will make other players think that you have missed the flop. When they raise, you should just call.(Just calling is amateur play, but it does not give away any information on what you hold).Continue to call his bets until the river unless it is obvious that they are on a draw, If that is the case make a large raise(at least pot). If you hit the nuts on the river then make a value bet. Getting value out of your bets is important. To big a bet will scare the villian away so it is important to make a bet that will be called(or better re-raised).
AA KK QQ JJ TT = Play in any position
99 88 77 = Play in mid or late
66 55 44 33 22 = Play in late
Again poker is never simple and this guide is, so alway keep your witts about you, and know when to get out of a hand.
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