This is a discussion on To play or not to play that is the question within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; Why almost all the begginers just "fall in love" with their hands, such as AK, AQ etc.
How to stop this?
Need an advice :D
"Good hands" are known as good hands because of their equity pre-flop. Raise them preflop to get value out of them, but once the flop comes out you got to re-evaluate their equity based on the texture of the board and how your opponents act.
June 10th, 2018, 9:15 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Poker at: carbon
nicely put pro. i dont know if thats a real question lol. i play AQ all day no questions asked unless there is a all in pre flop then i play probably 60 percent of the time
June 10th, 2018, 9:29 PM
Join Date: Mar 2017
They are strong hand preflop and I will raise them pre-flop to find out my opponent hand strength
June 10th, 2018, 9:31 PM
Join Date: Oct 2014
Poker at: Carbon
Your hand strength depends on several other things. Your perceived range, your opponents range, board texture. AsKs on a Kh5h4c6c7h board may not be as strong vs a wider opponent's range. They could have a lot more suited connectors in their range like 89 of hearts. In a vacuum situation (no history of opponent) you have to pot control when your hand isn't as strong vs a larger portion of your opponent's range if that makes sense.
Don't go broke with Top pair on a super wet board.
June 11th, 2018, 7:08 AM
Join Date: Dec 2014
Online Poker at: Ignition
re: Poker & To play or not to play that is the question
A hand is nothing without context of the cards on the table if you ask me.
AK ? AA? QA? Sure they can increase your chances but end of day- you just know someone (and that someone will be me on occasion) is playing 4 7 offsuit - just because it's so unexpected... or 2 9 - and hits the two pair. heh
I don't succumb to AK fever, but my oh my - I've seen SO many people - barking down the parking lot (I create random goofy terms instead of common 'flop - turn - river), all the way to the feed wagon with their AK and I'll have 22 or 55 etc.
People somehow think that ratty AK will magically win them ANY hand.
Perhaps we can blame youtube ! heh and all the videos where people say 'You MUST shove on AK or My Gawwwwwd- you FOLDED AK'
Heck - I've folded AA before.
Sometimes you can read the board and realize- there is a straight going on - and there USUALLY IS when you read it that way.
Me? EVERY card can be as powerful as any other, with exception that the higher cards by MERE ORDINAL value - higher being more valuable - have a SLIGHT advantage...
Someone having Trip 2's cracking their AA has probably sent many a fool drinking heavily way too early before lunch.
Now, I DO favor anything 5 and below - because the Ace has a special dual purpose of play in my world. Then again I HAVE watched tutorials - etc- but at the same time? I like to develop my own sense of intuition and I place final table a LOT - I need to move to higher stakes indeed.. I play safe and conservative.
June 11th, 2018, 9:45 AM
Join Date: May 2018
Poker at: PokerStars
It all depends on the range of hands that opponents play. Of course, preflop must necessarily raise - after the flop has already assessed the situation.