Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas. His work appears in numerous websites and publications. Follow him on Twitter @PokerTraditions. He is also the host of the True Gambling Stories podcast, available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn Radio, Spotify, Stitcher, PokerNews.com, HoldemRadio.com, and other platforms.
A pocket pair in poker is always a good starting point for a hand. Rather than that annoying 9-3 or J-5, a player might feel like there’s some real hope in the hand. Knowing how to play these pairs is crucial to poker success.
Whether you’re dealt a big pair like Aces or Kings or a smaller hand like 9-9 or 6-6, these hands always offer a chance to collect some chips. It’s essential to understand the strength of these hands and how you should play them.
There are many things to consider – from opponents and chip stacks to bet sizing and tournament level.