How often are you willing to get it all-in pre flop with A,K?
This is so tricky to play and I hate it if I'm re-raised after I raised with it pre flop.
The problem I have is that people will play A,K like they play Aces or Kings for example and treat it as the nuts already. The amount of times I've folded Queens to shoves and found out I'm up against A,K really irrates me. I then sometimes go with my gut instict and call a shove only to find I'm totally dominated agaisn't Aces or Kings.
Is their a rule thumb you use when playing Ace,King?
People are will to shove in cash games, tournaments and SnG's yet I'm usually not so forth coming. The only time I'm happy to shove A,K is If I know a player is likely to shove with a weaker A,10+ card and if in tournament mode and low on blinds then it's very easy to shove or call with I'm just struggling with full stack play.
Is it very player dependent?
Cash games: I'm willing only if I'm up against someone who I know will shove with a weaker ace.
Tournament: Only willing to shove or call a shove in later stages.
There is also speculation that A,K is worth a shove or call of a shove in early blind levels of tournament play, is this true? Who does this? Also I see people quite happily shove A,K in cash games deep stacked and this is at all levels in poker not just micro limits..
Last but not least, are you willing to take a "flip" vs a pair with A,K? What circumstances will you let this happen in ? If you're quite sure you're up against any under pairs Queens and below when will you call a shove with or are you willing to do it every time at any stage in a tournament or cash game for that matter?
I just find this hand so frustrating and can't see a correct way to play it at all. Is it profitable to coin flip vs under pairs with full stacks or only profitable in tournament/short stack cash game mode to stack off with it?
Would love some Tournament players inputs on it and cash game players input regarding A,K in cash games.