Inverse (Part 6) - Playing 99-JJ

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney

INVERSE Part 1 : INVERSE Part 2 : INVERSE Part 3 : INVERSE Part 4 : INVERSE Part 5 : INVERSE Part 6


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Table of Contents + Time Links

  1. (0:00) Intro
  2. (0:54) Hand 1 - Limping with 99 in EP. Multi-way pot, 332 flop. [Isolating]
  3. (5:54) Hand 2 - Open with 99 in MP. BB 3bets. 67J flop. [Equity, bet sizing, winrate]
  4. (9:42) Hand 3 - Open with JJ in MP. CO+1 3bets.
  5. (15:22) Hand 4 - Calling with TT on the BTN. BB shoves all-in for 32bb. [PokerStove]
  6. (19:27) Hand 5 - Raise with 99 in EP. BTN calls. 763 flop. [Flopzilla]
  7. (23:51) Hand 6 - Calling with JJ on the BTN. Hit set on J46 flop. [Balancing]
  8. (28:10) Hand 7 - Raise with 99 in EP, MP calls. Hit full house on 779 flop.
  9. (33:09) Video recap

Inverse Part 6 - Playing 99-JJ.


  • Type: INVERSE
  • Stakes: $100NL
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:34:25
  • Added: 17 September 2012

Video overview.

This 6th INVERSE-style video focuses entirely on middle pairs from 99 to JJ. This is an INVERSE video, but it's primarily a guide to playing these tricky mid pocket pairs.

No idea what an INVERSE video is yet? Start with INVERSE 1 then.

Many of the examples involve dealing with aggression out of position with hands like 99 TT and JJ, such as facing preflop 3bets. This abundance of analysis is handy, as preflop situations like this are especially tricky with attractive-yet-awkward pocket pairs.

In addition to the awkward spots, there are also examples of maximizing value. For example, when you manage to flop a set (hand 6 - 23:51) or a full house (hand 7 - 28:10). Most of the post-flop play starts with flopping an overpair or better. Hand 2 (5:54) does has a flop with an overcard though.

Inverse 6 (99-JJ) Hand Example Flops


  • Hand 4: Includes a discussion on facing a preflop shove for 32bb when holding TT.
  • Hand 5: Split talks about the different kind of flop textures you'll encounter when playing 99-JJ (undercards, ones with overcards, flopping a set). Also a bit about letting go of an overpair because the rest of the hand would be too awkward, despite leaving yourself open to bluffs on the flop.

Like strategy videos on specific hands? Try Playing AA, Baby Pairs, INVERSE 4 (AJ) and INVERSE 5 (KQ)

About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

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