re: Poker & Aces plus a small card
Originally Posted by fcumred
Imagine the scenario. The blinds are 25/50 and I am in early position.
My hole cards are A-2
I limp in to get a look at the flop and it comes in with an A and two middle cards, say a 7 and an 8.
What is the best way to go from here. Do I check and risk my opponents getting a free card and thus potentially helping them to two pair, or do I check and wait and see what everyone else does. If they raise then naturally I have the option to fold but a pair of Aces is too good a hand surely to just throw away.
If I however bet maybe 100 to try and deter people from improving their own hand am I not maybe just fuelling the pot for someone who has an A but a higher kicker.
At this point I don't think anyone has really addressed the question - What is the best way to go from here? Most responses have said fold pre-flop, but we are past that as the flop has hit A87. I really don't mind the pre-flop fold advice, but at a weak/passive table I also don't have a problem with the limp.
My opinion/answer, you either check/fold to a bet because you didn't hit a monster flop or you have to put out a small bet (more than 100 with blinds of 20/50) to see where you are in the hand. Maybe a half pot, 2/3rd pot bet dependent on the read you have on your opponents (any calling stations forget the bet). Of the two options I prefer the bet, because if the only reason you limped with A2 is in case you hit a monster flop, then you should have never been in the hand to begin with. By taking the initiative if no opponents hold an A you have a good chance to take down the pot. They don't know you hold A2 and showing strength from early position means they had to have hit a good piece of the flop to call/play back at you.
If you get raised, fold and if you get called you better hope to improve. I would not fire another bet on the turn. Your half pot bet either took down the pot or got you the information you needed.