Is A2-A9 really that great?
I find people will always play A2, A3, A9 etc. On TV you always see pros raising with any ace. Why do people value aces so much? Typciall the answer is that if an ace comes on the flop, you have top pair?
But is top pair really that great? Ace rag isn't that great of a hand to raise with, and thus usually there are a lot of people in the pot, so top pair usually doesn't win a hand, unless you hit more than top pair.
Also, chances are, everyone will play an ace anyway, so someone is likely to have a better kicker. On the other hand, what are the chances of an ace coming on the flop with a bunch of people in the hand, because chances are at least one other person has an ace and then the chance of an ace coming on the flop is around 11%.
It seems everyone puts such high value on an ace, when really, I'd rather have two face cards over A2-A9.