Originally Posted by RammerJammer
As I have posted in these forums many, many times relative to AK: Why in the world would I ever go all-in with a hand that loses to a pair of deuces? Many pro's actually place AK behind a pair of tens in the strength-of-hand rankings. I tend to agree.
If you ever read Card Player, you know they have little boxes with facts about poker.
A few issues ago, maybe early Feb, (sorry trash now) one of these 'blurbs' stated that an A or a K will show up by the river 60% of the time. WOW.
60% chance to pair one of those cards!
It took me 1/2 hour to figure that stat out. It is close to valid, but can be determined several ways.
Being the case, You can usually win with AK if you hang till the river and only a pair wins the pot, then this has to be considered exactly where it is ranked, above QQ as a starting hand. I sometimes think I would prefer AK to AA, as AA has a much diminished chance of improving, while AK at least adds str8's. But those thoughts are private and I don't let anyone know I thunk em.
And yes, to those who will ask, any 2 specific cards has that same 60% chance of pairing one of those cards.