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    Low Pairs

    Quick question.

    I was playing HORSE on-line and was in the limit Hold'em round. I was in the BB and the player UTG raised, the player on the button 3-bet. This was the first round of Limit Hold'em so there were zero reads.

    Do you always call with low pairs there (6's or less) or is it an auto fold because you could be facing a 4 bet from UTG and you’ll have to play the pair out of position against two players?
    The Donkey, though it may go to the Holy Land, will still come back a donkey.

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    Personally, I like to play low pocket pairs if I can get in cheap enough and play for set value. The circumstance you outline though makes it sound like that isn't going to happen though, and you'll be in for 2BB before the flop. If you do hit your flop you can let the aggressors take the lead and then try to cap the betting on the turn and river, but if you miss you bail on the flop.

    For the cost though, its sometimes worthwhile. Without reads, I would most likely muck pp's up to 6's, BUT NEVER 55!! They ALWAYS hit trips
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    How deep are starting stacks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by westside8 View Post
    How deep are starting stacks?

    More then 20 BB..remember this is LIMIT Hold'em
    The Donkey, though it may go to the Holy Land, will still come back a donkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigChrisEl View Post
    More then 20 BB..remember this is LIMIT Hold'em
    So assuming limits are 10/20, you started with 400 in chips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by westside8 View Post
    So assuming limits are 10/20, you started with 400 in chips?
    Yes and more.
    The Donkey, though it may go to the Holy Land, will still come back a donkey.

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    Is this a tourney or a ring game? If it's a tourney i'm folding.

    Fwiw I'm not ever cold calling two against only a raiser and reraiser. If there was one more player cold calling then i'd call any pair.
    In your situation you should muck deuces, treys and fours. Fives or sixes, if I were to play them I would always CAP because if you can ever get the first raiser to fold then it's a major coup, and only costs you one small bet more.
    Folding isn't a bad route until you get some reads either.

    What stakes you're playing would also be helpful.

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    I know nothing of the limits poker, so....

    How are deuces different then 6's or 7's?

    ie, if your folding 2's why arent you folding 7's here. Or, if your capping 7's, why not cap 2's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetts1012 View Post
    I know nothing of the limits poker, so....

    How are deuces different then 6's or 7's?

    ie, if your folding 2's why arent you folding 7's here. Or, if your capping 7's, why not cap 2's?
    IMO..no different in a tourney with a UTG raiser and re-raiser, but I'm not a limit expert so I'll defer to moose/Big Mike.

    I might play this if there were another player or two involved, but I don't think there is enough value for me to cold-call and possibly face a capped pot to try to flop a set.

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    I think in HORSE tourneys it is important not to piss away chips on low probabilities. You need to conserve your chips so that you have them when you need them in the big pots when the blinds grow. When the blinds are low the reward for flopping a set is low and the pots generally don't compensate on a pot odds basis for the risk 1:8 of flopping a set.

    As the blinds go higher you are more likely to force players out with 3bets, however if your chips are low, opponents will call you down just to eliminate you. You need your chips for these situations so your opponents will fear the cost of calling you down and be more likely to fold.

    Depending on the opponent the mid pairs have more showdown value unimproved. Small pp have almost no showdown value because of the increased likelihood your opponent outpairs you or the board counterfeits you or even set over set. Against lagtards that overplay Ax I call down all day long with unimproved pairs.

    In cash games you have to be able to muck it up with the small pairs or your opponents will simply run you over. However the cost of being wrong when calling someone down unimproved in a cash game is simply the value of the pot. In a tournament the play is nittier and more straight forward, especially early as the relative stack sizes have little meaning in comparison to the blinds. 3bets have a more direct relationship to the cards than position and stack sizes, especially as it is more unlikely in limit to get someone to fold with a 3bet bluff early on. The cost of being wrong when calling down light in a limit tournament is much higher as chips can not be easily replaced with a quick double up as they can in a nl game.
    Last edited by moose; Mar 02,2009 at 04:05 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetts1012 View Post
    I know nothing of the limits poker, so....

    How are deuces different then 6's or 7's?

    ie, if your folding 2's why arent you folding 7's here. Or, if your capping 7's, why not cap 2's?
    If the 3betting player is aggressive, he could be 3betting a hand like 44 or 55, or even A5s/A6s making your 6's, 7's and 8's that much better. On a lot of boards, a limit player will be calling you down with AK unimproved, so having 66 is a lot better on a board of 4J84J than deuces
    Moose's reply is also very good, though the OP has not yet totally clarified that this is a tourney situation unless I missed something.

    In a cash game 66 I'd lean heavily towards folding, 77 is very close, and 88 i'd lean towards capping.
    Last edited by Big Mike; Mar 02,2009 at 04:23 PM.

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    Hmmm....I really should give less away, since I'm playing vs moose in an LHE tournament tonight ChipTalk Limit Hold'em tournament New Players welcome
    er..I cap deuces in the bb ALL DAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose View Post
    Against lagtards ( BigMIKE ) that overplay Ax I call down all day long with unimproved pairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moose View Post
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    Touche. But watch out because I will spike my x on the river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mike View Post
    Touche. But watch out because I will spike my x on the river.
    Yes. New advice. Always fold against river rats/hoover boys.
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