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How to play small pocket pairs from the big blind

Being dealt a small pocket pair when you’re in the big blind can be tricky. How should you go about playing the hand? Should you fold? A small pocket pair is defined as sevens or lower. Some people might see a pair that’s anything but paint as small, but that’s a topic always up for debate. The way you play these pairs will be a vital part of your strategy since it’s going to come up many times throughout your poker career.

What do you do if someone raised and there was a reraise, and you’ve got a small pocket pair?

Let’s say you have pocket fives and someone on the button raised, and someone down the line reraised them. What should you do? You must assume in this situation that one or more of the players has a better hand than you do. The worst thing that could happen is that you call the reraise and the other player goes over the top. It’s best to fold your hand in this situation and move on. Sure, you have a big blind invested, but you stand to lose a lot more.

Should you call if there was only one raise?

So, someone raised it, and now it’s up to you. Should you call it? You should keep in mind two factors, and they are how many people are in the pot and how big the raise is. If there are several callers after the raise, you’re getting pretty good odds on your money. Calling and hoping to flop a set isn’t a bad play in this situation. If it’s just you and one other player, it depends on how much the raise is. If the raise is a standard three times the big blind type of raise, you might as well call depending on your chip stack. You’ve already got one big blind invested, and there’s no hard in putting in two more.

Raising if other players called can be tricky

Sometimes you can find yourself at a table where everyone is playing low ball. Everyone just calls, and there are quite a few players in the pot. What do you do if you look down at pocket sevens and there are two or more people who just called the big blind? You probably want to check and see a flop. The worst thing that could happen to you in this situation is that someone is slow playing a bigger pair. If you see a flop and there’s a bunch of paint, you can fold when someone raises, and you’re not out anything other than your big blind. Sometimes, when playing these situations, you have to think of your Joinsini big blind as an investment you’re forced to make and don’t become too attached to.

The way you play small pairs depends on the players at the table

Quite a bit about poker is playing the players. You need to know when at how the other players react. If you see someone who has a tight table image, raise it before the flop, and you’re in the big blind with pocket deuces, fold them. You could get lucky and get three of a kind on the flop, but only call their bet if you have a stack big enough to allow for a little gambling.

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