different approach to AK
OK i got sick of losing my money with AK so for one tournament I decided to try it a different way. I was playin in a sit n go the other day and I was 2nd or 3rd stack, point was I had chips, and I tried this twice, I had two different results but got into the situation I wanted to both times.
Now please don't lambast me for this, just wanted thoughts and input, i'm perfectly aware of the dangers of not raising with a premium hand, just wanted to hear others thoughts on this because it seemed to be effective for me (atleast for these two hands)
Ok like I said, I got sick of losing too many chips with AK when I had a decent stack in the middle rounds of a tourney so when I picked up this hand in early to middle position I just called with it both times, looking to see if I could try and get a better idea of which players (and their stack sizes) I might be up against in the hand. Both times I ended up getting a raise all in by smaller stacks (maybe 1/5 to 1/4 my stack size) and folded around to me I called both times, (I might/probably would have folded this hand had the all ins been by stacks that I feared in order to continue in the tournament---I lose more chips with AK than any other hand and i've tried to play it many different ways) One time the guy turned up A-10 and sucked out a 10, the other time someone turned up A-J and I took his chips. But the point is both times I managed to get into really good dominating situations, didn't risk many chips to begin with, and gave myself the option to get away from the hand for very little depending on who I was going to be up against. Keep in mind this strategy is mostly strictly for the middle rounds of a tourney, and only when I have a sizable stack that I would like to protect/build, when the smaller stacks seem to be trying to make moves to get closer to the money (it seems like many players will make this move with A-J A-10 A-Q etc etc) nor would I really mind being up against queens or lower considering the stack size of the raiser.