that's the beauty of poker... hold'em particularly.. any 2 cards can win.. statistically, high pairs, high connectors and even low to middle pairs are expected to win.. however.. if there is nothing in the flop for your hand, especially with high connectors.. does not mean that it hit someone's hand perfectly.
If hold'em were all about playing only that statistically favored hands.. the game would be boring.. you know exactly what everyone is on..
I've sucked out on hands with 2-7 suited.
no one expects it when there are 2 2 on the board.. AK AQ can bet away all they like. I'm not saying that you should play them all the time, but every once in awhile, you have to throw it in the mix or you're way too predictable...
Besides, I take satisfaction in watching someone get tilty when you snapped off their top pair, best kicker with a little hand like 7-2. It tends to blur their sensibility in the hands they play.
There is a lot of basis in the statistics, you should play the favored hands, but ther are many times when you are going to take some of the larger pots with little cards. Just don't become predictable.
I guess my peeve is that people berate little unsuited cards. They berate when they've gotten snapped off sometimes in hands they shouldn't be playing even with the big cards. Every person in hold'em puts value on the 2 particular cards in front of them before the flop. Don't ever try and value those cards for the other person.
You're right, statistically they're gonna lose more than they will win. Do you really want them to stop playing those cards when you're holding K-K, they're playing their offsuit 7-2 and the flop comes K-2-2?
I say encourage them until the sun stops shining. Take your wounds, lick em, heal em, fight another battle.
I get sucked out on.. it happens, it's infuriating, but in the long run.. if you play smart, realize when you're beat and fold, play hard when you think you're ahead, if you get raised, then it's time to consider.. soemone is playing junk.
Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity. ~Bullet Tooth Tony