Originally Posted by ericgarner118
Yeah, I ended up getting beat by the higher flush, he had the king. Even UTG you guys would have raised preflop? I didn't think AJ off suit was strong enough to raise in that position
If your hand is not strong enough to bet UTG, fold
. You should almost never check into an unchallenged pot from any position.
I fold A/Jo UTG in a FR game more than half the time. 100% of the time early in a game when I have no feel for the players yet. (A/Js I almost always open with) But *every* single time I play A/J UTG I open.
Even with hands like 6/6, unless you're playing with idiots who can't see past their own hand, open. You want to disguise your drawing hands while chasing people out who can outdraw you with weird stuff.
Opening gives you more ways to win (by making folding easier for them), and keeps smart people from figuring out what you have. You open with "?", one person calls, and you c-bet the A/9/2 flop. Did you hit the ace? Who knows? But suddenly his T/T doesn't look so great and he reluctantly folds. Whoo-hoo for raising with 6/6!
On the flip side. Someone limps UTG. I raise with A/K. The flop is A/6/2. He either check-raises, or opens and then calls my three-bet. Now I am done with the hand. He obviously hit is draw and has me crushed. Too bad for him he won't be getting the payoff he needs to make playing hands like that profitable.