Originally Posted by JEP712
After reading this thread, I got AK dealt to me at a 9man SnG. I was BB. 3 limps ahead of me so I raised about 5.5x. I got called and the flop was K4x. I bet a little over the pot and got raised. I was already pot committed so I shoved. The guy flips over pocket 4s. Was this bad by me?
Originally Posted by DawgBones
+1, I can't really say anything without the stacks/blinds as well.
If they were small, I would say 5-10BB raise would be good, but I doubt pocket fours would fold unless they cant afford the call (unlikely at low blinds.) If the blinds are pretty large relative to stack sizes, say 100/200 I might just shove to induce folding and pick up the blinds... I really doubt anyone is slowplay limping a big hand here, and even if they are and turn over pocket QQ or less we're a coin flip at worst.
One more general thing when playing AK... its a tricky tricky thing... make sure you're paying attention to the other players (skills, betting habits, tilt), your stack vs. theirs, blinds, antes, bubble, etc. All of these things are critical, also a lot of people shove with AK preflop against anyone who challenges their raise... its not always the correct move.
For AK I'm running my timer down debating whether or not to make the call for all of my chips, its NEVER a snap call for me.