NL Hold’em: Small Pocket Pairs

We don’t need years of experience to appreciate a couple of the implications of playing small pairs pre-flop (for the purposes of this article we’ll define small pairs as 22-77). On the upside, when the flop promotes the pair to a set it’s great news, particularly in view of the fact that such a hand can be so well disguised that the ‘reveal’ might come only at the conclusion. However, what happens far more often is that, not only does the small pocket pair remain a small pocket pair but, invariably, the arrival on the flop of at least one overcard immediately starts to sow the seeds of doubt – our pair might already be beaten and we’re effectively sitting in the dark armed with a pretty toothless pair. (more…)

Poker & Chess

Some of you will already know that as well as poker I used to play chess full-time, earning the title of International Master. Recently, after an absence from the international chess tournament circuit of 12 years(!), I made a comeback of sorts. Having lived in the Scottish countryside for the Read more…