re: Poker & what are aces good for?
I have changed the way I play pocket rockets, and it works a bit better.
When they are dealt to me, I first realize I will be willing to get all my chips into this pot. However!
I do NOT do it with an all in bet unless some other fool bets it first, I will reraise then but still not all in unless they do it first. A standard raise will get many to fold where an all in bet will not. When somebody comes back at me, I can feel pretty good about them having a real hand, but they will be behind me at all times preflop. Ok, there is that once in a zillion time they will have the other aces, but I've seen more royals than AA vs AA hands.
If someone has comes back over the top pf, more than likely, even early in a Tourney, most everyone else will have dropped out. Even most neophytes will recognize this hand is not a lottory. That is when all the chips go in.
The difference between a fast All in and the standard raise seems to be significant. I am always happy to take the pot with a standard raise, or reraise with AA, and truely would usualy prefer no takers. But if sombody decides to challenge, I am the favorite pf with AA.
Seldom will many call a reraise. It does happen occasionaly in freerolls
early, but seldom after a few orbits.
In the case where my standard raise is only called, and a flop is seen, I still can feel I'm ahead 90+% of the time unless the flop is full of paint. Then things get a bit dicey, the primary concern becomes real calls from KQ, QJ, AK, AQ and one of my favorite hands, JT. From that point on it depends on so many things just what will occur. But thats a different discussion.
With ragedy flops, pressing is no issue.