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How do you play Pocket Jacks

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PostSubject: How do you play Pocket Jacks   Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:32 pm

Dreaded Pocket Jacks are the bane of many a good poker player, but are there ways to use them to your advantage? You bet and here is one of the ways that you can pay make it pay off for you.

Pocket Jacks is a very difficult hand to play in no limit holdem. I lost money overall with them for a long time, but have been able to play them profitably over the last 6 months or so.

There are three ways to play a hand from early position. You can

fold
call
raise

Folding Pocket Jacks

Pocket jacks are the fifth best starting hand in holdem, so folding is not a very profitable option.
Limping or Calling with Pocket Jacks

Poker decisions are situational. Don't set unchanging rules about how you'll play a particular hand. Your play should never be predictable.

I limp with jacks from early position roughly 20% of the time. Other players' approaches might be different and more profitable for them. But this is the approach that works for me.

Limping and calling are more appropriate at loose, wild tables. But factor your playing style and strengths into the decision.

If you're a strong post-flop player, build the pot without scaring away the other players. You want to outplay them after the flop.

If you're not confident of your post flop play, try to play for a set (in other words, attempt to trap an opponent when you hit a set) or attempt to thin the field.

Before you limp, decide what you will do in each of the following situations.

If a late position player raises
If a late position player moves all in
If other players limp and the flop has a card higher than a jack
If other players limp and the flop is 10 high or less

These are the types of questions you should be asking every time you have to make a decision at the poker table.
Raising with Pocket Jacks

Raising is more appropriate at tight, passive tables.

Following the same logic, ask yourself these questions before raising. What will you do?

If a late position player re-raises
If a late position player moves all in
If you are called and the flop has a card higher than a Jack
If you are called and the flop is 10 high or less

How I Play Pocket Jacks

I play pocket jacks like middle pockets. I will open with them with a standard 2.5 x BB and will call a raise for less than roughly an 1/8 of my stack (assuming the raiser also has at least 8 times the bet behind) preflop, and I'll abandon them unless they are top pair or a set after the flop.

I change this routine when other players at the table are very passive pre flop or the player/s remaining after the flop are weak.

You might have better luck with another style, but this strategy works well for me.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you play Pocket Jacks   Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:26 pm

Wow! You have some great stuff here. I hope you keep posting these great articles, they sure are helping my game!
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PostSubject: Re: How do you play Pocket Jacks   Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:30 pm

Awesome post and some awesome advice. Keep it coming!

cheers Poker Nuts In Canada ROCKS! cheers
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