Originally Posted by FryGuy14
I am curious as you why he should fold pre-flop here? Isn't AQ pretty strong? Please explain....
AQ is called a "trouble hand." That's because you could be in a lot of trouble against a hand like AK or KK. And in quite a few other situations too.
Most professional players will muck AQ in early position in cash games or in tourneys when the blinds are very small. There is no need to come in raising with that out of position and if you do, you can be called by AK, which, if an A flops, will leave you in a situation where you will likely loose a significant amount of chips.
In the situation described in this thread, you have one player raising in early position, suggesting that he has a powerful hand, and another player calling for a significant amount of chips. You can assume that both of these players have good hands. So, best case scenario, you are facing two pairs, JJ and QQ.....that's what you hope. But, if both these players are good players, one of them probably has you beat....one of them might have any of the four hands you dread, AA, KK, QQ, or AK.
AQ is good short handed or when the blinds/antes get high, or in very late position when there has been no action. But if there is action, or if the blinds are low, there is no reason to get involved with that hand.
Hope that explains it.