A Sure Way of Playing Pocket AA, or Pocket AK

October 13, 2010

What should you do if you get a pre-flop of pocket Aces or a suited/unsuited Ace and King?  AA and AK are the two of the highest pre-flop hands there are (actually, a pre-flop pair of Aces is the best possible pre-flop hand there is), but playing AA and AK still needs a certain amount of Genius.  A poker player will undoubtably get fantastic odds with a pocket pair of Aces or an A-K starting hand.  However, a player can still fail to maximize such pocket cards’ potential and, in fact, lose the hand entirely and re-buy poker chips if they do not know the proper way of playing an AA or an AK.

Playing AA and AK:  Play Slowly or Play Aggressively Pre-Flop?

Slow playing your AA and AK:  This is the textbook rule when playing pocket Aces or a good pre-flop hand such as Ace,King.  It’s said that if you want to get as many poker chips into the pot and as many players to see the flop, then you will slow play so you would get a good-sized pot of cash when you do win.

This strategy makes great sense.  It makes so much more sense that other players are much more expected to assume that you’ve a pocket pair of Aces or an AK when you slow play pre-flop – in particular if you are, as a rule, an aggressive raiser.

Aggressive play pre-flop: This plan makes better sense in practice.  Through aggressive pre-flop play, you can boil down the number of players in the hand, penalize speculative players and increase the size of the pot at one extensive stroke (if there are plenty of players looking for a lucky card at the poker table).

Obviously, this will be more effective if you are an aggressive player at the beginning.  If you are a play-safe player more than likely you are suddenly raising and re-raising pre-flop, that’s a obvious interpretation that you’ve a pocket pair of aces or an AK.

Rule of Thumb When Playing AA and AK

If you are, for the most part, an unpredictable poker player and you’ve got an Ace,Ace or Ace,King pre-flop, it’s best to raise and re-raise pre-flop more than ever if you are in a no-limit game.  Limping in is the typical strategy of players with AA and AK starting hands and the one thing you don’t want is to be stereotypical – or easy to read – as you’ll miss the chance to win as much money as you can.  On top of that, you want to protect your pocket cards from drawing hands; aggressive play (but not all-out play) pre-flop is a good way to achieve this and to reel enough fish in for a larger pot.

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