Originally Posted by Buster123
for example... if I have 22 in the small blind and it is raised in EARLY/MIDDLE POSITION prior to me... I have to call 1.5 small bets to continue. Folding doesn't seem like the correct play. The problem is... I don't know why that is the incorrect play. One a side note... is folding Pocket Pairs in the SB the wrong play? I can see folding to a 3bet or cap.. but not to just a raise.
In this case I'd snap fold 22. When deciding whether to 3 bet or fold(as phil correctly advised) you need to consider what the bottom of the raisers pocket pair range is, and whether or not he's pocket pair heavy. Against a standard tag range from 5 off the button, I'd expect him to have 77+ and a decent amount of broadway combos, so I'd be 3 betting 99+ hoping to get the pot heads up. If he's pocket pair heavy then I'd tighten up because there are less hands in his range that I beat. If he likes to cap, that's another reason to tighten up. If he's broadway combo heavy then that's a reason to loosen up.
Postflop, if I have the initiative and it's heads up I'll be looking to bet fold or bet call depending on the board. Even if he's bluff raising some but not too much, then bet folding is still the play. If he's bluff raising too much then you're going to get owned if you c bet fold the flop and turn a lot, so you need to tighten up your value bets and always bet call. This read takes a while to develop and relies heavily on gameflow. Now what to do on the turn when your flop bet gets called and your hand is a bluffcatcher is another problem. If you're betting all of your value hands on the turn then your checking range is only draws and bluffcatchers, which is easy to play against. If your opponent is bad then this isn't a concern, but if he's good he can value bet the turn knowing that you'll never raise. Can you see the solution?