Originally Posted by VTedd
Ace-Queen is definitely a hand most of us hate seeing come up in a cash game because it puts you in a lot of awkward spots. It seems like a hand that wins a lot of small pots, and loses big ones.
How do you personally play AQ? How does it being suited or unsuited affect your decision? When someone opens behind you, do you flat or 3-bet? Pretty obvious we are opening it 3x BB, what if you get 3 bet after opening it? What do you do if you miss the flop OOP? How about in position? How big do you let the pot get with top pair top kicker? At what point will you lay it down in a hand?
I think myself as well as a lot of others make frequent mistakes with this hand, so lets get the brain juices flowing and talk about one of the toughest hands in cash games to play in my opinion. Discuss away!
1. Let me explain
2. Being suited does not change my opinion on the hand even though it does add equity.
3. Like Robbo said if someone opens first I flat call to keep dominated hands in the pot. Rarely 3 betting with AQ unless A. I am in the blinds vs players who seem like they have weak holdings and B. I am playing against a maniac who never folds to 3 bets and I am 3 betting for value.
4. If I get 3 bet while holding AQ OOP I fold majority of the time unless it is against a maniac then I may call. I call more with suited AQ than non suited to refer to question 2(against maniacs or wide 3 betters).
5. If I open and miss the flop OOP I fire a Cbet and if they float my bet I shut down often depending on board texture on flop.
6. If I miss IP I still CBet and maybe check back the turn depending on texture.
7 & 8. Very villain dependent on how big we let the pot get, if I have seen villain stack off with TPGK before then I will stack off with TPTK. Don't be afraid to fold TPTK if you need to though. If you are getting raised on the flop/turn by a TAG/NIT you should probably let it go.
9. I added this in here but if it is preflop and a situation like UTG raises 3BB and MP 3bets to 9BB and you are in the CO with AQ, fold it.
Also, AQ is not a very hard hand to play. You just have to be semi cautious and be able to fold it pre.