Limping in with Big Wired Pairs in NL Holdem

AA & KK

Limping in or slow playing AA or KK from early position is a great play if it is likely that someone will raise in a later position (in order to reraise them). This is dangerous for less experienced players though, since if it is not raised and multiple opponents see the flop they cannot let go of the hand when they are beat on the flop.

Even though it's a big pair, it is still just one pair if not improved on the flop.

A very similar and common misplay is to raise the standard three times the big blind and then be willing to put it all in on the flop when their opponent has made a set or two pair. Raising this much is not a bad play in a tournament if the blinds are big compared to your stack. But in deep stack situations it is about as dangerous as just limping in.


If attempting either of these maneuvers in a deep stack situation and there is no big raise preflop, use the guidelines for playing one pair post flop in an unraised or minimum raised pot.


Trapping with QQ - 1010

Not raising with QQ-1010 is a dangerous play to begin with for the reasons already mentioned. Besides this and the value of raising with a superior hand. Another reason to raise is it will help judge the true strength of an opponent that re-raises. If you just call preflop and are raised you may have no idea what this opponent is holding.

Not always but typically if you make a good sized raise and are re-raised without them going all in, it is a sure sign of serious strength (AA or KK). Knowing your opponents or what has been happening at the table can change everything though. Here are a few online tells that can help when holding QQ-1010.


Slow playing QQ-1010 with the intention of re-raising should only be done against overly aggressive opponents or in short stack situations. Against typical players a solid raise is best so you will have a better feel where you actually are before the flop and for value.

More Preflop Strategy
Betting Pocket Aces or Kings
Betting Pocket Queens or Jacks
How to Play Small Pairs
More Strategy Options
Back to No Limit Strategy from limping in with big pairs

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