re: Poker & AK?
When I play Big Slick I play it carefully.
There are a lot loose players when you play online, that will call you all the way down with middle pairs. Sure, A-K is a monster hand and yes you should play it aggressively. But all too often I see players lose their entire stack playing A-K too aggressive. They think this hand in invincible, so they push all their chips to middle only to be taken out by pocket 7’s.
I want to play it aggressively but not stupidly. I need to find out where I am in the hand and challenge the raiser to see how strong he really is.
So, I want to put out a big bet or re-raise the raiser.
Some of you might of just call a raiser. Let me tell me why I re-raise.
This is a “feeler bet” so now I can get a more accurate read on what they are holding.
If they just CALL my re-raise, I probably have the best hand. If one of them has KK or AA, they’re more likely to go back over the top of me with a larger raise or an all-in.
Right now the raiser has control of the betting. But I want CONTROL of the betting. My re-raise does that.
And because I have control of the betting my opponents are likely to check to me on the flop, regardless of what hits. Because they will anticipate another bet from me. A strong player will follow his pre-flop raise with a post-flop bet.
IF the flop is a pile of rags that's not good but it's ok too.
He doesn’t know I’m holding Big Slick. Because of my re-raise before the flop, he’s got to put me on a much bigger hand..Q’s, K’s or A’s.
So Now if he checks to me, I can pretty much assume I’m out front. If he check-raises or bets then it may be time to mucked it and minimize my losses.
But he does check.
Then I can “represent” the wired pair with a big bet.
I also want to take the pot right here! So I bet half the pot.
He mucks his hands and I win the pot with Ace high.
Now if he would of called my bet, I would of mucked it right there. You got to think you have a very loose guy here with some kind of small pair. Or even worse he may just have caught trips!
You don’t want your entire night decided over A-K. You have to able to lay it down. I have many times..and will do it again many more times.
So that's how I typically play Big Slick.