AK facing 3b/4b at 5nl, 100BB
Having some serious problems w/ AK and would like to know some opinions on how to play it better. Obviously my move is largely situational, but as a general rule, my current strat is
1. open AK from EP, MP, CO;
- get 3b by MP, CO: generally folding unless theyre super spewy with 3bing, in which case im 4b/ing, getting it in.
- get 3b by Bu, SB, BB: 4b, call 5b shove.
2. AK in blinds facing open;
-flat EP and MP opens.
- 3b CO, Bu opens to counter steals, get value from KQ, AQ, etc.
At these games my playing about 20/18, 3bing TT+, AQs+ AKo for value, although i get that my image is highly irrelevant vs the vast majority of players.
The problem here is this, 3b/4b ranges at these stakes are like KK AA and AK, and only sometimes QQ. On top of that, you generally have absolutely no fold equity. The only argument i can see for getting AK in pre over a 3b or 4b is that your equity is okay because of the dead money in the pot, but youre behind or chopping here 99% of the time (and losing a bunch to rake when you chop).
I guess that means my question is, would it be better to just flat AK vs opens out of the blinds, and only 3b it when villian is a spewtard or is calling all your 3bs light, with the intention of folding to a 4b to all but the super aggros?
and what about when your 3b ITB gets 4b?