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  • How To Play AK/AQ

    Anybody have a strategy of playing AK or AQ always seem to lose a lot of money playing these hands.
    Cheers

  • #2
    I try to be cautious pushing with them... until you get a made hand. Also, if you hit 2 pair, you have to be very wary of a straight beating you.

    What you don't want to be is shove-happy with them, unless you're a short stack in shove/fold mode.
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    • #3
      I'd play them the same way I'd play any hand that I think is strong enough to enter the pot with. It's a hard question to answer Ads, there's so many variables such as: What position are you in? What action was there before you? Stack sizes? and so on........ Also what's your plan for the hand ahead should you decide to enter the pot. Do you play a good post flop game? Remember that when the flop comes out you have already seen approx 70% of your hand....... I suggest if you think your finding AK AQ difficult to play then submit some into the Hand Analysis section and some of the more experienced players on here will gladly help you out. Raiser umbup:

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      • #4
        Don't get attached to top pair top kicker - this probably used to be my biggest leak with them (I play NLHE, 6 max BTW)

        Like RR says though there are a tonne of variables so get posting those hand histories

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        • #5
          If you are looking for a generic answer, there are just too many variables. However, that doesn't mean there isn't some help with those cards.

          Ace - King suited and Ace - King unsuited are both Group One hands. The general thought is to play these from any position. Players should raise with these cards.

          Ace - Queen suited is a Group Two hand. The general strategy is to make the first raise, and to play them from any position.

          Ace - Queen unsuited is a Group Three hand. The general strategy is to consider passing if the table is aggressive if you are in the early position, and to call if middle or late.




          Did you notice how these hands have different ranks? Group One you'll want to push, use some aggression. Group Two you can push, but try leading. Group Three, know your position first, and the table's dynamics next, before you commit.

          However, these "rules" are not hard and fast. As others noted, you'll want to consider other factors before acting. Some tables have players who will call with anything, so there you might act one way. Get onto a table where everyone is tight, you might react different.

          Even the kind of game will affect play. Ring games play different from tourneys. In rings, being short is not a handicap since you can reload between hands. The tourney requires a kill or be killed attitude. This too can affect the way certain hole cards are played.

          Use these as "suggested guidelines" since nothing is ever certain in poker until the river is shown. As you gain experience, you'll become a better judge of when to fold those hands and when to push them all-in. I wish there were hard and fast rules regarding hole cards, but you'll find almost any hand is unique.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by adsthepro777 View Post
            Anybody have a strategy of playing AK or AQ always seem to lose a lot of money playing these hands.
            Cheers
            Both of these hands are losing to the player with 22 on the wrong board. Its one of those hands that have to improve but can improve to a good hand.

            eg you hold

            Ad Kc
            board is
            6s 5s 4s

            and there is betting you hold A high and no Draws so should fold here

            say instead of a 6 the board is

            As5s4s

            now you have top pair and top kicker,

            but..... there is a posible straight and a posible flush out there so you should tread a little lightly.

            I can suggest watch soemof Dave (TheLangoliers) Videos in the vedio section, they are full of good advice.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cairn Destop View Post
              If you are looking for a generic answer, there are just too many variables. However, that doesn't mean there isn't some help with those cards.

              Ace - King suited and Ace - King unsuited are both Group One hands. The general thought is to play these from any position. Players should raise with these cards.

              Ace - Queen suited is a Group Two hand. The general strategy is to make the first raise, and to play them from any position.

              Ace - Queen unsuited is a Group Three hand. The general strategy is to consider passing if the table is aggressive if you are in the early position, and to call if middle or late.




              Did you notice how these hands have different ranks? Group One you'll want to push, use some aggression. Group Two you can push, but try leading. Group Three, know your position first, and the table's dynamics next, before you commit.

              However, these "rules" are not hard and fast. As others noted, you'll want to consider other factors before acting. Some tables have players who will call with anything, so there you might act one way. Get onto a table where everyone is tight, you might react different.

              Even the kind of game will affect play. Ring games play different from tourneys. In rings, being short is not a handicap since you can reload between hands. The tourney requires a kill or be killed attitude. This too can affect the way certain hole cards are played.

              Use these as "suggested guidelines" since nothing is ever certain in poker until the river is shown. As you gain experience, you'll become a better judge of when to fold those hands and when to push them all-in. I wish there were hard and fast rules regarding hole cards, but you'll find almost any hand is unique.
              Thankyou

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              • #8
                Play them for high card/pair value.

                Usually this means raising them upon entering, but if you're at a table with many loose callers of raises, or in a pot which has already has seen multiple entrants, you probably need to raise LARGER in order to get a desirable field size. Beware the loose calling tables though; if you raise larger you may simply create a BIGGER pot as each weak caller behind feeds the pot for even more callers. In that case, a large raise will tend to expose you MORE to chip loss.

                The reason you want to work these hands versus more limited fields is that they will often flop only 1 pair hands (if they flop at all), and those hands will tend to remain 1 pair hands on the river more often than not. More limited fields also give you the best chance of taking a pot down on a C-Bet if you should miss the flop (which happens about 2/3rds the time).

                If you simply cannot limit the field due to a very weak table dynamic, consider NOT playing hands like AQo oop, and also viewing hands like AQs solely upon their draw value. View any 1 pair hand in large field pots as hands you need to "pot control" on, especially if you are oop in a large field; be prepared to muck, or rely STRONGLY on your table observations, to judge whether a high cost call is worthwhile (should you be forced to make one) on a single pair hand.

                Do not OVER-COMMIT yourself with very weak re-draws, as most straight draws you may flop will tend to be 4 out gut shots only, with much less clarity about whether over-card hits may be helpful.

                When contemplating use of one of these hands as a short stack "stand" hand, suited-ness carries less weight in your decision. Both AK/AQ suited and off-suit will tend to benefit you greatly in an all in situation, as being all in prevents any chance you may have had of folding a flop miss. Since you'll hit a pair with these hands by the river about 48 to 50% of the time, AND since hitting a pair will tend to give you a top pair/top kicker, or top pair good kicker hand more often than not, both are quite strong hands upon which to shove. this does not mean you should jam immediately on them on any size stack, but AK probably has validity up to around 20BB as an open shove, and AQ is probably a good open shove up to about 15BB.
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                • #9
                  IT DEPENDS!!!

                  Depends on the game, and the situation.

                  Here's a great, short video from Kid Poker on playing the hands.
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq9ti...eature=related

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by !!!111Dan View Post
                    IT DEPENDS!!! Depends on the game, and the situation.
                    In a 360 man $0.10 sitngo game, with a min raise and a table full of calling stations - this seems to work. Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan [NB - not recommended in most situations]
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by adsthepro777 View Post
                      Anybody have a strategy of playing AK or AQ always seem to lose a lot of money playing these hands.
                      Cheers
                      i like AQ more than AK.

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                      • #12
                        heres what AK can do to u:

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by XxTiberxX View Post
                          heres what AK can do to u:
                          AK didn"t do that to him.... the way he played AK did that to him..
                          May the tinfoil protect you. MT

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                          • #14
                            he got blinded by top pair top kicker, wich is about as good as this hand mostly get.

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