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Playing the Small and Medium Pairs

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jun 27, 2012

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Small and medium pairs create many tricky decisions in limit hold’em games. They demand taking many different approaches depending upon the volume and texture of the current situation. Plus, they’re a commonly dealt hand. You’ll be dealt wired deuces though sevens about 2.7 percent of the time, making how efficiently you play them critical to your overall poker results. I picked up the 7 7 in second position in an eight-handed mostly loose-passive afternoon $40-80 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio. In similar spots I will often raise this holding when there is a high probability of winning the blinds or being able play short-handed against readable opponents. But in this texture of game, I limped, thinking that I was likely to be able to play the hand against a volume field. But the poker gods hoodwinked me. Only one player limped on the button, the small blind called and ...


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