Why Playing Ace-King is Not That Difficult in a Poker Tournament

It’s not that it is simple to play Ace-King, but it’s not that difficult either.

Lets analysis this: Ace-King is the best non-paired, starting hand.

Notice some important argument here:

Non-paired. It is an Ace top hand, like A-x. It will not advance on the bomb two out of three times. That can be a problem, a above problem.

Starting hand. It is the best non-paired starting hand. Starting duke agency that the amount of this duke will change on the flop, just like every added poker starting hand.

Players today are so cool advancing that if they get dealt Ace-King in a poker clash they advance all-in pre-flop. There are some appropriate times to advance with the hand, but added times it is a mistake.

Examples of if not to be all-in with A-K:

The clash has just started, and you accept lots and lots of chips compared to the big blind. Moving all-in is just a bad risk-reward situation.

The clash is in it’s aboriginal stages and a amateur raises pre-flop. You adjudge to overbet the pot and advance all-in to get your adversary off his hand. Moving all-in is just addition bad risk-reward situation.

You are one of the dent leaders at the final stages of a tournament. A amateur who has about bisected as abounding chips as you, pushes all-in pre-flop. The amateur is actual tight. You are on your A game. You will be dealt addition duke if you fold, promise. Why accident so abundant here?

You are one of the dent leaders at the final stages of a tournament. You accession and addition amateur with added chips than you, overbets the pot with an all-in move pre-flop. Hey, maybe it is a tie and he has A-K too. So what. Just let it go.

Examples of how not to play Ace-King from the bomb on..assume that you aloft pre-flop or you alleged pre-flop:

If you are adjoin three or added players and your duke does not improve, you bet. Why are you activity here? I anticipate sometimes the simple algebraic of counting the amount of opponents you face on the bomb has been lost.

If you are adjoin two or beneath players, and your duke does not improve, you analysis automatically. Hmm, a assiduity bet is a acceptable move, if you accept the advance on the flop. If not, the arrangement of the bomb will be a key free agency for your action.

If you are adjoin two or beneath players. Your duke does not advance on the flop. No one bets the flop. Your duke does not advance on the turn. An adversary bets and you alarm with Ace-King. Why do humans alarm actuality with Ace high? All you are accomplishing is costing yourself added chips. Unless you accept a abundant apprehend on your opponent, but afresh the appropriate play is not to alarm but to raise.

Why addition commodity about Ace-King?

I just apprehend an commodity about how a top amateur handled Ace-King aboriginal on in a tournament. It was aboriginal in the accident with $100-$200 blinds, and $25,000 in starting chips. Our hero limps with Ace-King beneath the gun, Allen Cunningham raises him to $800 from average position, Van Nguyen calls from the button. Our hero decides to re-raise to $3,200. Both opponents call.

Lets stop here. I abhorrence this re-raise. Players are accepting so advancing that they mix up Ace-King with abridged Aces. Thy are altered hands, really=) If you bending with Ace-King, you are not searching to re-raise preflop. You are advertence that you wish to play this duke to lose as little as accessible in an aboriginal round. That is ok. A alarm is ok. A re-raise actuality is a bad play by our hero.

The bomb is J-5-5. Everyone checks.

Lets stop again. What happened to the assiduity bet? That is not a alarming board. You put in a check-raise preflop and you analysis the flop? Talk about compounding a mistake. I abiding achievement our hero folds this duke if he doesn’t advance on the turn.

The about-face is a 9. Our hero checks, Cunningham checks, but Nguyen bets $5,000. Our hero folds right? Wrong! He calls! Why the heck does he alarm here?

Think about what Nguyen’s duke is. He alleged a pre-flop raise, and a check-raise preflop. If he just alleged a pre-flop raise, lets annihilate AA-KK-QQ. Next he calls our hero’s analysis raise. I will annihilate AK, AQ, AJ, A10, and baby pairs. What does that leave us with–JJ, TT, 99, and maybe 88.

The river is an 8. Our hero checks. Nguyen checks.

Now assumption what duke Nguyen is holding?

88, 99 or JJ? No. He’d bet the river.

Therefore, he accept to accept abridged 10’s right?

Yes, Neguyen wins the pot with abridged 10’s. A absolute archetype of how not to play Ace-King…and how to put an adversary on a ambit of hands.