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扑克 Small Pairs Can Pay(小对子也能玩)

At first glance, small pairs as pocket poker hands don’t seem like much of a threat in Texas Holdem but players that handle such hands the right way can end up making a lot of money off of them, as sometimes the weaknesses of these hands are actually their very strengths.



“Wired” small pairs, (pocket hands of sixes or lower), are obviously subject to possible over-pairs and of being outdrawn.



At the same time, one of the better rules of thumb to keep in mind, especially when playing online poker, is that wired small pairs are excellent drawing hands. Another thing to remember about these hands is the pot odds. Since wired small pairs should be considered drawing hands rather than made hands, much of the rationale and reasoning behind a Texas Holdem player betting on his small pair is in direct relation to the size of the pot at the center of the table.



Online poker is a much more of an action and drawing oriented version of Texas Holdem and players with wired small pairs will often end up calling a raise before the flop if a lot of other players joined the pot because the pot then has value and is worth paying and playing for.  The bigger the pot, the more potential small pairs have as drawing hands.



Ultimately a Texas Holdem player with wired small pairs is trying to draw that extra card to make a set.  If a player makes his set and notices an ace on the flop he might start licking his chops and consider an “all in” bet as the rationale behind this would be that one of the other players has drawn top pair with that ace and will come out firing with his chips, much to his detriment against the small trips.



Remember though that in online poker it is oftentimes better to let the action come to you when holding small pairs. Wired small pairs are not hands to get overly aggressive with but perfect when the pot odds are right or when the other players are limping in with their hands.  The goal with small pairs is to flop a set.  That won’t happen that often but when it does you can get paid off in a big way.  The best way to play small pocket pairs is cautiously before the flop and aggressively after the flop if you hit a set.  You must remember that sets are still vulnerable to straights and flushes, so betting is oftentimes a good choice.

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