Originally Posted by suby_rafael
AK is not that strong a hand and people usually end up overplaying it a lot of times especially with the 3bets, 4bets and so on.
AK is definitely not a made hand so when having deep stacks one should play it relatively conservatively more so if in a tournament.
Originally Posted by deluns28
do not commit all your chips pre-flop with AK. You can only do this if you or your villain is short stacked. Consider folding your AK 50% of the time when you missed the flop.
This is just flawed thinking.
AK is better to get it in with than TT/JJ and certainly lower pocket pairs.
Why is this?
It's because although AK is technically just behind pocket pairs, it is only crushed by AA and still has decent equity against KK. We also have blockers to those two hands to reduce their frequency against us.
Take a hand like JJ. We are flipping against AQ/AK and are crushed by most other hands that get it in pre-flop. We have no blockers to higher pairs of course and we are in very bad shape when we face them.
Getting AK in pre-flop is standard in most situations (not all). We have great equity against an all-in range of hands. That is why AK is one of the best hands in hold-em.