re: Poker & (Microstakes) Flat calling a raise with AK/AQ/AJ
There really is no pat answer for this. It will always depend on the situation. Simply calling to try to make money if you hit and giving up if you miss is a terrible way to play these hands.
There are tons of things that must be considered before playing any hand. Say you are BTN and an UTG raises. What does he raise here? If you have lots of hands on him and he raises a lot here, and folds a lot to 3 bets, why on earth would you even consider calling? If you are in the blinds and BTN raises, why would you want to call with AK-J? That is actually the main point. WHY... Why is he raising? Why are you calling? If you call cause you have a big A and dont want to fold it cause it is too good to fold (yes, people think like this) then you need to get help on your game. A reason to call would be if you are IP and you have a real agro 3 bettor in the blinds. You could call and then 4 bet, but you have to be pretty sure this hand will go that way. Dont play anything unless you have a reason to do it. With a hand that is most likely to give you A high OTF, I see little reason to play it passively unless you have specific reads and a post flop plan.
And if you are first in, I hope you are not thinking of simply limping this.. Unless, like above, you have an agro 3 bettor and your plan is to 4 bet or call his 3 bet and donk any flop.... but I hope your reads are solid and you can play these situations post, cause they can cost you a lot... Not to mention that in MS games this is pretty much a losing strategy....