There’s quite a few factors to consider when calling with a low pocket pair.
Were you the pre-flop raiser, or the pre-flop caller?
Are you in position, or out of position?
However, trying to hit a set is rarely going to be one of them.
The main things you need to consider are:
- What is the bet size as a proportion of the pot?
You’ve mentioned min raise in your example. i.e. 1BB. But is it 1BB into a 2BB pot, or 1BB into a 10BB pot? That makes a massive difference. If your opponent is betting 1BB to win 2BB, you need to defend at least 2/3rds (66.7%) or the time, otherwise they are profiting simply by making you fold. If it’s 1BB into 10BB you need to defend 10/11ths (90.9%) of your hands.
- Where does your pocket pair lie in your range?
If you have called pre-flop with 22, and your opponent C-bets into you on a flop of AKT, you’re going to have to fold all but the tiniest of bets because it is so far down in your range. You’d obviously rather call with any random Kx or Tx hand.
If you raised pre-flop with 66, then checked the flop and are now facing a bet on a board of T53, you’re going to have to call that. 2nd pair is a reasonable hand. So even in a 1BB into 2BB situation, it’s going to be in your defence range (top 66.7% of the hands you could have in the situation).
I these situations it’s important to note that you’re calling for the intrinsic showdown value of your hand compared to the pot odds. You’re not calling on the off chance that you might hit a set.