Originally Posted by sendittoken
Utg, you should not limp with aces; raise at least 3 blinds. If anyone reraises you, then you now that your hand is better than his. another reraise by you will probably take down the pot, unless he has a really big pair: aces, kings, queens. In any event, you narrowed the players in the pot to two, where pocket aces are highly favored to win. You wait many hours for aces, why not play them for as much money preflop as possible!!!Sendittoken.....
You should not limp with them other than rarely. It is an optional play that you can use once you get to know your table and hope to be tricky. It helps if your table has a lot of LAG players who are raising with a high percentage of hands, so you can expect a raise.
While I agree I want to raise with AA preflop, sometimes you'll take down 1.5 BBs, and you might as well be raising with 6-high for that kind of win.
What's important is once we get a villain showing interest in a pot postflop ini a limped pot with AA, we need to understand there are things that beat us, and it's a gigantic hurdle, because as in the example here, our top pair is drawing dead by the turn, and even if we improve to a set on some boards, we'll be drawing slim by the same street against a lot of potential holdings, none of which we have singled out from the list of possibilities.
The last time I tried limping UTG with AA, there was a straddle in the pot, and I expected the straddle to raise with most holdings to punish limpers. The whole table limped, and the straddle checked, 7 players to a flop with AA. Great. Flop was A93, I bet, UTG+1 raised, folded around, I jammed, he called with 33.
Far from ideal, but the last time I did that was months ago and I wouldn't do it very often, maybe once in twenty hands when I think it may be profitable, but you have to be willing to dump your hand should things not go your way.