Low Pocket Pairs - Online Poker Strategy
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Getting dealt a pocket pair is a great thing in online poker.
It usually takes a lot of guesswork out of what to do. But what about when the pocket pair is low? Anything from 22 – 66 can put you to some tough decisions.
To start with, remember to keep value in mind. Your low pair isn’t necessarily valuable, unless it hits the set. Basically, if you can see the flop cheaply, then you’re in business.
First Round of Poker Betting
There are two schools of thought with low pocket pairs. You can either treat it like a powerful drawing hand, or something with minimal chances of success. As with a lot of online poker strategy, vary your betting and try both of these.
If you want to treat your low pairs as a powerful (and unexpected) drawing hand, then bet in the first round. Do this with position and you might not even need to see if your hand will hit.
If you want to play it more casually, then only pay the minimum to get into the next round. Any higher, and you fold.
When to Get Out of the Way
No matter what you’ve paid to see the flop, if you miss and are facing numerous over cards, it is time to fold. If you are chasing the set at this point, you can get caught with a losing bluff and a terrible hand.
What to Do if you Hit
This is when you can get some cash on the table, and into your pocket. If you see the card you want on the flop, then you can bet aggressively. Ideally, your opponents will have paired 1 of the cards and you are in business.
Exploit the value of low pairs by varying your play and aggressively betting when they turn into the set, house or 4.
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