uz-King, especially suited - very strong starting hand in no-limit Texas
Hold'em. However, if you do not get into the board, you will have just ace Sr. at showdown. That's why this hand like AK, creates a lot of problems in certain circumstances.
In this article we look at the important strategic aspects of the hand ace-king () in No Limit Texas Hold'em: the stack sizes, position at the table (absolute and relative), the trend of the game your opponents, etc.
Basic strategy game with an ace-king
The worst scenario for the drawing AK - multi pot with lots of limpers when you are out of position and hit the flop. Under these conditions, you should always throw his hand in response to aggression on the part of opponents.
AK does not apply to those types of hands that you would like to be in a multi sweat.
In fact, AK - hand draw, which you usually need to improve to win at showdown. At the same time in a given hand likely to improve to the best hand in hand, as any ace or king on the board will give you top pair with top kicker. This makes the strong hand of AK for drawing hand as long as you do not run into resistance from their opponents, as the pre-flop and in subsequent betting rounds.
The ideal situation for the drawing of the hand - when you take the initiative in view of the aggressive action preflop. Raise, especially when you're in position, will reduce the number of players in the pot. Ideally, when you are one on one with an opponent. If the flop your opponent will make a check, you can win the bank formed a simple continuation bet. If your continuation bet will be made the call, you will get an excellent opportunity to take a free card and see the river card without paying for it a penny, if your opponent checked behind on the turn.
As stack sizes affect the drawing of AK
Dimensions stacks (both your stack and stacks of opponents) play a very important role in the drawing of a hand like ace-king. If the size of the effective stacks (the smallest stack at opponents in the hand) is small, then the best solution before the flop with this hand will go for broke. In this case, there are two possible positive outcome.
If you are in a hand against a player with a short stack, you should try to go to all-in with AK on the flop.
Either the preflop raiser (plus callers) fold their cards, giving you the opportunity to pick up a decent size pot or your raise is called by - for example, with a dominated hand, or with a pair of Kings below. In this case, you will have the opportunity to see five community cards to try to improve before opening. This means that you will have a little less than 50% to win with this hand - your sweat equity will also increase, if the distribution will be dead money or a third player enters the pot, but will fall to your re-raise.
If you play at a table with a deep stack and you're holding AK pre-flop re-raise can give you valuable information about the strength of your opponents hand. For example, the opponent from the position MP raises to 3 BB, you reraise to 10 big blinds on the button. If your opponent will hand like AA or KK, then he is likely to want to do another re-raise.
Be careful if your opponent 3-bet is responsible 4-bet when playing deep stacks, as he may be pocket aces or kings.
However, with the type of the QQ pairs - pocket queens - and below, or on the other hand with an ace worse opponent is likely to make a call. You will not only get valuable information about the strength of your opponent's hand, you will also take control of the game before the flop, and the availability of positions will win the pot in when you miss the flop.
Game Trends opponents
Trends games of individual players and the dynamics of the game at the table in general, will also influence the drawing of AK. On the flop you can raise to isolate some of the weak player seated to your right. However, if the game went nits, then the best solution is to make a flat call (so-called call with a strong hand instead of reraising) - since flop will be clear whether there is somebody strong hand or not.
Another adjustment by opponents for "aggressive table" will be flat call from any position, if you know that an aggressive player behind you must cheer again, and then you will be able to deliver all-in in response to his re-raise, or pretending to. If we get a call, we will still be enough equity against a range of aggressive player - in addition to the dead money in the pot. This rally is possible only in those cases, if you know that your opponent after you reraise, in most cases, so you do not fall into multi sweat with his AK.
When the sale is yours gets too aggressive nature, a good rule of the hand ace-king, not particularly deep stacks - to be a player who will put all in the first, and do not call all-in. In the hands of ace-king nearly 50% equity to win the pair like QQ and below and about 30% against the pocket kings. However, if you are the player who last made a big bet, you will have an additional advantage - fold equity. The likelihood that you opponent will fold his cards, increase your profits from such a lottery.
Conclusions on the drawing of the starting hands AK
Good rally ace-king (AK) in No Limit Texas Hold'em includes all of the above factors combined with an understanding of how it all works. For example, a re-raise in position in order to determine your opponent's hand will make sense only against a competent opponent.
Against weaker opponents or against opponents with a short stack (stack of 20 big blinds or less), the best solution is to make a push. The combination of 'fold equity' with a chance of winning gives the drawing of such a positive