Bottom Pair – PPP#24

In this week’s episode of the Postflop Poker Podcast we’re discussing bottom pair.

In most cases we’re not overly enthusiastic with a hand like this, but bottom pair can still have a decent amount of value depending on the circumstances.

We’re missing our host of the show Captain Quayle, but Ben is filling in nicely for him. And even though I just went through a brutal dentist appointment myself, I still manage to deliver some nuggets of poker wisdom (or at least so I hope)!

Bottom Pair

The value of a given hand always depends on the situation.

Bottom pair will usually be relatively weak, but there are situations where it has a decent amount of value, such as:

  • Low SPRs (Stack to Pot Ratio) > if the effective stack is very shallow in relation to the pot, bottom pair can be good enough to commit to.
  • Heads-up situations > the fewer players are in the pot, the stronger your hand becomes.
  • Speed of the game > the shorter the blind levels, the more pressure you’re under, in which case bottom pair can be enough to go with the hand.

But in deeper stacked situations at 6-max or full ring tables, bottom pair should usually be played for a relatively small pot. So we’re mostly looking to exercise a little bit of pot control here and there. The only exceptions would be if you’re turning your hand into a bluff or if you’re bluff catching against an aggressive player.

This week’s episode discusses two interesting hands with bottom pair. One cash game hand and one Sit ‘n Go!

Hand 1 – Bottom pair in a 6-max cash game

Hand 2 – Bottom Pair in a 6-max SNG

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