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Pocket Queens in No-Limit Hold’em Play

When to be aggressive and when to be cautious

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Jan 22, 2010

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Pocket queens are easy to play preflop in no-limit hold’em when you have a very short stack. If you have a stack of 25 big blinds or less, pretend that you have two aces (and are unwilling to slow-play them). You have the third nuts, but by the time that you are suspicious the hand is no good, you will be involved too deeply to hit the brakes. So, the poker recipe is to go full steam ahead and hope for the best. Queens are a much more interesting hand when the money is deep. For the purpose of our discussion, assume that you and all of the other players have stacks of 100 times the big blind, and that there are no antes involved. This, of course, would be a common situation in a mid-limit cash game (blinds of $5-$10 up to $25-$50). I am going to use a ...


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