I have had some really bad beats with pocket pairs A in particular. I just find myself getting into the old mindset that I have AA and nothing is higher so I can't get beat - WRONG!!! I have very seldom pulled off a win with pocket AA. I seem to win more with a pocket pair of Q or 8. I have even won a hand with pocket 2's. I have learned to call with a high pocket pair but if nothing comes out on the flop to go with it, I fold the next time around. I don't need to lose any more than I already have in that hand. I don't know if this is the proper and accepted way to play because I have only been playing a couple of months but it has worked for me to win a few hands. However, please be aware that I have never up to this point anyway, won a tournament so I am obviously not a great poker player. I actually visit the forum to read about other people's hands and how they play them so I can have some ideas of how to play when I play my next tournament.