Pocket Jacks

Pocket Pairs that are not among the premium hands (A-A, K-K, Q-Q) are difficult to play, especially in Texas Holdem. The pocket jacks are such cards. It can be very tempting to get two picture cards before the flop. Theoretically, with the pocket jacks you have got the fifth best starting hand in Holdem and the chance of holding the best hand in the field before the flop is very high.

Nevertheless, you should exercise restraint, otherwise you could go broke in no time. Since you hold a top ten hand with J-J, you should always raise before the flop. However, you should first reconsider your position and the strength of your opponents. If you are in early position and your opponents are likely to call your raise, you should just limp with J-J. In other words, you would play J-J as a middle or small pair in that position. (In other words, you’re hoping to hit a set) If you’re on the button or in the cutoff and raise, it looks like you want to steal the blinds. If you are called then you may be in bad position with bad hands.

Do not cling tightly

It is clear that the pocket jacks, not like A-A, K-K, Q-Q, should always be raised preflop. If you raise, you want to push as many opponents out of hand as possible. If you still face four or five opponents, you have to flop a set, otherwise you should give up your hand.

If you have the pocket jacks, there is a 57% chance that you will see an overcard on the flop. (Ace, king, or lady). Flops with 10 highs usually offer the possibility of a road or similar poor options for you. All this means that after the flop you should have as few opponents as possible to succeed with the pocket jacks.

Beware of the overcard

Let’s say you raise, an opponent calls and you see an overcard on the flop. An ace or a king are even more threatening than a queen, although you do not like to see any of these cards on the flop. Now you should consider the playing style of your opponent and the type of hands with which he called your raise preflop. Do not let a flop like K-8-2 put you off a continuation bet.

However, if he pays or raises her bet, you should reconsider the value of her two boys.

Note: Beware of pocket jacks. There is a reason why the Pocket Jacks are called “Fish Hooks”. Finally, you seduce inexperienced players, so “fish” like to play.

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