Competing in Ace-King in Texas Hold’em

by Carmelo on February 26th, 2010

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Everyone who participates in Texas Holdem understands that Ace-King is one of the very best starting hands. But, it’s simply that, an opening hand. It’s only 2 cards of a seven-card equation. In nearly every situation, you want to jump out guns blaring with Ace-King as your hole cards. When the flop comes, you have to check out your cards and think things through before you just assume your overcards are the greatest.

Like many other situations in hold’em, knowing your opponents will help you gauge your situation when you have A-K and see a flop like nine-eight-two. Since you wager preflop and were called, you presume your competitor is also possessing good cards and the flop might have missed them as badly as it missed you. Your assumption will frequently be right. Also, don’t omit that most lousy players wouldn’t understand good cards if they fall over them and might have called with Ace-Something and paired the poker table.

If your opposing player checks, you could check and see a free card or lay a wager and try to pick the pot up right then. If they bet, you could raise to see if they are in or fold. What you want to avoid is simply calling your opponent’s wager to see what the turn results in. If any card instead of the Ace or King is turned over, you will not have any more info than you did after the flop. So let’s say the turn shows a four and your opposition wagers once again, what do you do? To call a bet on the flop you need to believe your hand was the strongest, so you have to surely think it still is. So, you call a bet on the turn and 1 more on the river to discover that your opponent has a hand of 10-8 and just a second pair after the flop. At that instance, it hits you that a raise after the flop might have won the money right then.

Ace-King is a beautiful thing to find in your hole cards. Just be sure you gamble on them carefully and they can bring you awesome cheerfulness at the poker table.

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