re: Poker & Would you consider A9 "Ace-Rag"?
I'm in the minority here I suppose, as I agree with Mr. Cloutier. However, I would also like to know the situation. Are we talking tournament or cash? If tournament, what are the blinds, your chip position, your image, etc. There is no way to give a general rule on a borderline hand such as that without that info. And actually, that applies to anything. Would you say you should always play QQ a certain way? Certainly not, and I look at A9 the same way. If it comes around to you unraised, I would not look down on making a bet to try and take the pot. If you are simply called, you see the flop. if raised, throw it away. On the flop, if it comes A93 rainbow, for example, you are sitting pretty in a money making situation. However, you just have to play cautious if Axx comes. Don't fall in love with the hand, but I wouldn't dismiss it either.