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Playing the Small and Medium Pairs

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jun 27, 2012


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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