re: Poker & Should you call rather than raise with ACES?
There are rare situations where calling will be better but that is a lot less than 1% of the time and in all of the above examples of situations where calling should be better than raising, I'm raising.
This results in your hand becoming very obvious but fortunately for us the majority of opponents are idiots who are just looking to hang themselves. Idiots will pay you off with JJ-KK, good players will pay you off with KK and you'll rake in a lot of pre-flop bets and raises that people give up without a fight. A lot of people will also try to crack your aces, make sure you give them bad implied odds
to try it and let them increase your hands value.
Whatever you do, don't try to get fancy and ruin all of that by just calling and letting yourself get outdrawn. You're ahead pre-flop and a lot of weaker hands will call your raises, so raise now while you know you're ahead, not on the flop when you're guessing.
There are times when I consider just calling a raise. The other week I was playing against a guy who has a very good idea of how I play, in particular he knows that when I keep raising the pot it means big pockets and nothing less. He also knows that if I just called that I'd have less than that. I figure it's a raised pot where everyone else has folded. If I raise now he folds most of the time but if I just call he will put me on AK most likely and may be prepared to take me on post-flop with any pair (provided an A or K doesn't hit) and will probably put his entire stack behind the assumption that I don't have a made hand. I just called, flop showed an A and he ran away when I bet.
This is about the only time where I think there is value in just calling with rockets, against a skilled player it provides a lot of deception. Deception which should be used very sparingly, in the above example if I were against a weaker player who might call an all in from me there with something as low as JJ I should have just shoved pre-flop rather than gamble that overcards to his jacks don't hit on the flop.
Most of the time if I have even one weak player behind me, I'll throw out a raise which almost gaurantees a fold from the strong player(s) but I'm hoping for action from the weak one.
In addition to all of that, playing aces so predictably allows you to play your other big pockets the same way, providing them with a bit of protection and if an opponent realises that you might play jacks (in certain situations) as fast as you would aces then you might start getting them to play back at you with AK, AQ when you have aces.