I despise using poker "absolutes" (always do this, never do that) because they simply don't exist. However, I will throw this out there for what it's worth. If you're in a full ring
with an unsuited
A-2 through A-6 and someone makes a substantial bet, whether it's pre-flop or after the flop, seriously consider folding. Even if you flopped top pair as described above. The reason for this is if you have a pair of aces, and two or more others are involved in the pot, the odds of at least one of them also holding an ace with a higher kicker
than yours are pretty good. Calling a big bet after the flop on aces with a baby kicker can make it very difficult to get away from the hand on the turn and river if your hand doesn't improve.
Notice that I clarified unsuited
cards. I personally like playing suited baby aces, especially if I can limp into the flop, because it opens up a lot of possibilities for drawing opportunities. But if the flop comes up blank for me, I'll burn em.
Originally Posted by IrishDave
If nobody pushes me out, I stick around to see a draw if the price is right.
A bit off-topic with this reply, but few things irritate me more than a table full of limpers getting all huffy when someone is allowed to draw cheap cards to make a hand. Like you're just supposed to fold out of principle if you don't have anything!
Actually happened to me yesterday. I'm in the small blind with 82 offsuit. No one raises the blind all the way around the table, just calls. I call and the big blind checks. Flop comes 10 2 6, giving me a pair of deuces. First to act, so I throw out a token minimum bet to build the pot a bit. (Obviously, if someone comes back at me heavy, I'm out.) A couple of hands fold, everyone else calls, no raises. Turn comes J. Everybody checks. River comes 2, giving me a set of deuces. It's a small pot, so I triple it. Get two callers, one with Jacks and tens, the other with Jacks and deuces.
You'd have thought I'd broken into their house, grabbed their wife, kicked their dog, and drank all their beer! I mean, they went berserk on me for a good five minutes for "sucking out" on them with 82. Hilarious!!