re: Poker & love to hate ace king
I like AK better than AA - yes, you read it right and this is why...
If you get AA, you are married to them and most likely (more times than not) will be forced to push - either pre-flop or on the flop - and many times will get "bad beated" out of all your chips by some donk that hits 2 pair, a straight or a flush.
AK, on the other hand, is a hand that you can control - and make a ton of money with - IF PLAYED RIGHT.
In cash games, I use AK like a very strong draw (because that's all it is, after all). Usually just min raise with them pre-flop (depending on position, number of callers before and after me, etc.) If I miss the flop, then depending on position will c bet - but rarely will I call a raise and certainly never shove with a missed flop. I would never shove with them pre-flop in a cash game unless I was really short stacked.
In tourney play, I will most likely make a pot size raise (Again, depending on many factors - position, number of people involved in the pot, etc). If someone shoves after my bet and I'm deep stacked - if I have about a 3-1 chip advantage, then I might shove - if I'm anywhere near even - THEN I WOULD NEVER SHOVE - That would be gambling - and most likely your best case scenario will be a coin flip.
So the solution to your dilemma is treat AK for what it is - a great hand to have because it's very easy to control.