Madison wrote:Old_Style wrote:One of the things I hated most was slow playing pocket 9's or 10's and than the flop showing a couple face cards.
Slow play allows for cheap and easy tossing of those junkers if they miss, or a nice monster pot win if they hit. Pocket 10's are really no different than pocket dueces. If you see a flop, you're most likely beaten unless you hit a set. So no point making it expensive on yourself unless you're feeling frisky or the table is just set up for that kind of play (provided you bluff after the flop even if you miss and overs are out there).
There's no "book" on how to play, but I make the majority of my money on the tables through hitting sets for cheap, and winding up with huge pot wins because it blindsides people.
I agree with you to a point, as playing for sets is my optimal strategy for a full-ring cash game. But PWF seems to be playing SNG's from the sound of it. I personally like to raise up all pairs 7's and higher from any position and do a continuation bet of about 1/2 - 2/3 the pot on most flops and against one caller.
The difference is that you can afford to sit around in a cash game and wait to hit sets and then cash in on the donks that don't know what your doing. In tournies/SNG's blind structure and stack sizes are the most important factors on your decision making. Blinds force you to play many more hands, and when you do get a great hand like 99, you should probably play it strong. I'm not sure what part of the tourny you are at here but a general rule of thumb is play tight early, then as blinds increase become aggressive.
And remember, only good people suffer from lots of bad beats, because that means you get your money in when you have the advantage.