Originally Posted by wobb803
Hi cardschat poker players,
I have an interesting question here,
why are top notch players willing to risk their whole stack with
AK in a tournament, but would NEVER risk their whole stack with
AK in a higher staked ring game. I play in a lot of tournaments
and I play in mostly $1/$2 no limit games, stacks are usually $200 to $400.
Personally I would never ever even consider going all in with AK preflop but in a tournament I would. STRANGE...........
This is certainly an interesting question and I agree with a lot of these comments. For me this is how I play AK :
Tournaments - Early stages if you could go all in and know that you will get called then that is arguably a good decision to make but im not sure its worth being too aggressive in the early stages since the blinds are not worth stealing. Yes its important to build a good stack but perhaps just raise 3 -4 BB get a few callers and lead out with a bet post-flop and be prepared to fold if you think you are beat. But in the later stages where blinds are worth stealing and people will be worried about the bubble push all in everytime because either everyone will fold and you get the blinds or you get called and are in a very good shape.
Ring games - I would play how I play in the early stages of tournaments maybe vary the betting a bit ie min raise if you think you will be re-raised. There is no point whatsoever going all in where you dont have the pressure of the blinds because everyone will fold and the only situation where someone will call is when they are beating you ie JJ, QQ, KK, AA and also do you really want to coin flip with someone who holds any pair? Perhaps actually you could go all in if your opponents perceive you to be loose aggressive or if you just suffered a bad beat in the last hand and they think you are tilting.