Tips for playing small and medium-sized pocket pairs in Texas Hold’em Poker


Playing small and medium-sized pocket pairs in Texas Hold’em can be quite simple and can yield big wins without putting you in too much danger, as long as you stick to a proper game plan from the start. I refer to small to medium pairs from 8 to 2 and there are some rules that I like to follow when holding a hand like 66 or 33.

1: The goal is to be cheap.

When you have a pair in hand, the probability of your set (a kind of triple) flops is around 7: 1, so you will not bet too much until you see the flop cards. When you have a smaller pair, try to get in cheaply and if you hit, you can start trying to get chips in the middle, if not, check or fold. Trying to “cheat” with a few small pockets will often cost you dearly.

2: Factor in standard proportions.

According to the book, do not see odds can be less than 7: 1, as this is the probability of not reaching a set, as I mentioned earlier, but a hand like three duets with two on the hole is a strong hand. It’s hard for opponents to see there because it’s the type of hand where you have to think about “default odds” or the extra money you can get for your opponent to match after you make your hand. For example, if you have a duel against a player with Big Slick (AK), and the K-flop drops by 10.2, you can expect a pretty good payday and eventually get all their stacks.

3: Do not be sweet with your set:

So you have reached the flop and the glorious days are here, a set!! Be honest about it most of the time and rate or raise at the first opportunity. Trips are a great hand, but a suit is not a suit, and nothing makes you feel worse than dropping a wad because you tried to slow down a set and let your opponent draw a bigger hand. The only time to slow down the 온라인홀덤 is when the board is too messy to show many cards, or it is not possible to draw, then you can check and hope that the opponent’s hand “catches” a little.

These are my main guidelines for playing small pocket pairs and I stick to them most of the time, but you can bend the rules a bit as you evolve. For example, yes, I said buy the cheap flop, but if I’m in the mid-late position and I’m first in the basket, I open a small pair lift to take control of my hand or just hit blinds there. After all, stealing blinds with a triple is a good result.

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