Poker Hands: Pair of Eights

Poker Pair of Eights

Picking up where we left off last week, this week we’ll show a situation where the pair of eights comes into play. A more complicated hand to play, this one call for different actions depending on the situation.

Pre-Flop

For our purposes, let’s say you open the round with the 7 and 8 of spades. The blinds are posted at 15/30 and you are sitting under the gun. You could limp in, as we would do with suited connectors. On a small pot like this, you could also raise the blinds to keep the other players on their toes. Yes, there’s always a possibility of landing a flush or straight, but it isn’t likely – so don’t go full tilt right away.

Pair of Eights Flop

Flop

The flop yields 3c, 8d, and Kh. No flush or straight, but you do have a mid-range pair. Unless the blinds position bets a large amount, we’d say checking is the wisest option. Once a raise comes, it’s time to fold.

For more aggressive players, a pair of eights is often enough to bluff until the end. Keep in mind, it’s likely that another player has a pocket King. If you still feel a win coming? Call the raise and bluff away.

Pair of Eights Turn

Turn

Let’s say you decided to stay in the game, due to your excellent bluffing skills. The turn yields a 2h. This is a good yield for keeping other players’ high stakes bets at bay. Try raising during this round to encourage other players to fold. Except for a player with a pocket King, this flop won’t likely provide anyone with a stellar hand.

Pair of Eights River

River

The river shows an Ace of spades. At this point, it’s unlikely for a player with a pocket Ace to still be active in the round. You can take advantage of this by going all-in. At this point & with this flop, there probably won’t be many players left in the round. If you are head to head, we’d recommend going all-in rather than just raising the pot on a bluff. Good luck!

We want to know where you agree/disagree. How or why would you play this hand differently? Is bluffing a good idea during this round and why/why not? Leave us your comments below!