AK passive play
I decided that passive would be my choice of play with AK in some cases. It really depends on what you are playing. In a razz room, well the rules have changed, but in a standard Texas
Hold'em tournament I may tend to play tight-aggressive. Again it depends on the players, how long you have spent with these players to be able to read them, and also it does depend on your stack too. Obviously, the tendency to overplay AK becomes apparent when you are shortstaked hoping to double or triple up and in most cases players will play aggressively or slow play if they see the flop with an A or both A and king and will try to grab the advantage.
I can't disagree with aggressive playing of the AK, but there are times you have to consider baby sets like 333 or other hands that can put AK to rest in a hurry.
So many variations can happen, but it does seem aces show up alot especially in Pokerstars
and it is almost a sure bet if you have AK that another ace will show up. Unless you are just having a bad night or getting bad beats one after another, your chances with AK are generally pretty good in most cases, especially preflop.
If you have had good luck with AK, then of course the trend is to keep on pushing it with a 3x Pot bet and the appropriate reraise if the Ace, king or both appear on the flop and/or the turn. You are then home free are home-free and can move on from there.
I personally play it carefully and consider my stack and I also look at the other players I have determined are donks, bluffers and hard core fish. So all in all, AK can be a good thing or bad thing, but again too position makes a difference to me. I would rather be in the LP on an AK hole card hold.
Good luck with it.