Gambling on Ace/King in Hold’em

Tuesday, 23. February 2010

Each and every one who participates in texas hold’em knows that Ace-King is one of the best opening hands. But, it is just that, a starting hand. It’s just 2 cards of a 7-card formula. In nearly every situation, you’ll want to jump out firing with A-K as your pocket cards. When the flop comes, you have to analyze your hand and think things completely before you just presume your cards are the greatest.

Like many other situations in texas hold’em, knowing your competitors will help you gauge your situation when you have Ace-King and see a flop like 9-8-2. Since you wager preflop and were called, you assume your competitor is also holding great cards and the flop might have by-passed them as poorly as it by-passed you. Your assumption will often times be right. Also, don’t overlook that many lousy gamblers would not understand good cards if they tripped over them and might have called with Ace-x and paired the community board.

If your opposing player checks, you might check and see a free card or lay a wager and try to pick the pot up right then. If they wager, you could raise to see if they’re in or fold. What you wish to avoid is basically calling your opponent’s bet to observe what the turn results in. If any card instead of the Ace or King hits, you will not have any more information than you did following the flop. Let us say the turn shows a 4 and your opponent wagers again, what will you do? To call a bet on the flop you need to believe your hand was the best, so you must truly believe it still is. So, you call a bet on the turn and one more on the river to find out that your opposition was holding 10-8 and only had second pair following the flop. At that time, it dawns on you that a raise after the flop could have won the money right then.

A-K is a beautiful combination to see in your hole cards. Just be certain you bet on them intelligently and they will bring you great happiness at the poker table.

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