I also agree that J 10 suited is a much better hand than J 9 suited. Then again, you should go with your instincts and play any hand you feel successful with. I agree that a hand like J 9 has big potential, and you can be paid off immensely if you connect with it. However, with that potential also comes big risk. Let's say a J hits on the flop. How good would you feel with a 9 kicker? Myself, I tend to stay away from hands like this unless I'm forced to play them.