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Playing Pocket Pairs in Tournaments

The situation dictates how they are played

by Matthew Hilger |  Published: Apr 02, 2010


Volume II of the Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time series by Eric “Rizen” Lynch, Jon “PearlJammer” Turner, and Jon “Apestyles” Van Fleet was recently released. In this book, each author chose one tournament, and discussed the key hands from once he made the money all the way down to heads-up play. For this column, I decided to choose some hands from Lynch’s analysis that look at different situations for playing small or medium pocket pairs. Note that all of the hands are roughly the same, small or medium pocket pairs, but the situation changes the action significantly. In one hand, Rizen folds 7-7, and in the next, he discusses the possibility of four-betting with 6-6! The abbreviations stand for the following: MP – middle position CO – cutoff BTN – button SB – small blind BB – big blind UTG – under the gun Hand 8 Seat ...

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