Originally Posted by xxkodjoxx
naw dont raise AA ITS NOT WORTH IT IT SOMETIMES GET BEAT
This is really poor thinking. This can also be said about any other pairs and hands like AK, so do you not raise these hands either? You may have lost with AA before, but that will happen. I lost a hand while holding AcAs vs AdKs, I was a dominating lead and my opponent beat me with trip Kings. Its sucks, but it happens.
AA, like any other hand, is not a guaranteed winner but AA will win majority of the time against 1 or 2 players. However, the more players AA has to go against the lower the chance it has of winning. Thats where raising comes in. This (usually) will accomplish 2 things: The weaker hands will fold and you will isolate the field and it also builds the pot. Not only do you want to win with AA, but you want to win big and you're not going get that big pot if you build it up with a raise.
Lets look at a couple of scenarios:
A) Its the start of an SnG and everyone has a 1500 stack. Blinds are 15/30. You're in Mid position with AsAd and everyone limps before you, you limp, and the whole table sees the flop.
It comes Kh 5h 5d
You have an over pair, but how are you going to play this hand? You can bet out, but any one of your opponents can have a 5 and if you are reraise, you might have to fold. Or you can call but you probably wont have a lot of confidence in your hand, right?
B) Now, say its the same scenario but you raise it 4x the BB and you only have 3 callers.
The flop is Kh 5h 5d
Now, this flop isnt as hard to play because you know there is very little chance any of your opponents is holding a 5. And an even smaller chance of any of them holding quads. You probably have the best hand, and if an opponent is holding a K, you can expect a lot action from them.
So, you actually benefit more raising with AA and taking down a small pot than you do with not raising and having to fold/losing a big pot with AA.
As for the OPs question:
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssss.