re: Poker & Calling raises with A7, A6, A5 etc
Stay away from A,x.
Against Aggressive players especialy. You call preflop raise than on the Flop they are going to bet. That is how aggressive players play. Unless you pair up both your ace and trash card, you have to lay it down.
The biggest mistake ametuer players is they play to many hands. A,x being the hand they play way to often.
Keep in mind that of the A,x hands...A- 6,7,8 & 9 are the worse of them because there is no straight possibilities and you are going to be out kicked with any A,x most of the time.
Play good solid Mathmatical Poker. Don't try and get cute like pokerface is telling you. It is only going to cost you $$$$. Most preflop raises are legit.
Say you are playing $1/$2 NL
You hold A,5 suited in late position.
Early raiser to the standard 4x BB = $8
You reraise to $16 and get called.
Flop comes A, Q, 9 rainbow.
Checks to you
You try to "Get Them" with a Bet of $12 (Anything smaller will get called because of Pot odds
You get reraised.
Now what are you going to do.
You have put $24 in to the pot with no Kicker. Your only hope is to catch a 5. Your ace is no good now. So you only have 3 outs and another $12 is needed to call. If you try and reraise you will get called. You also have to survive 2 more betting rounds that I can guarantee will not be cheap. There is aout $80 in the pot now and the turn bet to you is going to be atleast $60. If you call, the river will probably cost a good $150+. Even if you did catch your 5, you have to worry aout A,q...A,9...A, Turn Card or a set of 9s, Qs or Aces. Lots of hands that can beat you.