Originally Posted by PW300
Ak is one of the strongest hands you can have. I don't understand how you can over play it. If you start folding ak, then what a are you going to play with. You can't just wait until you get aa/kk otherwise you will just end up being blinded out of the tournament.
AK is indeed strong however what I've observed is that a lot of people play it like it was top pair when its basically a drawing hand that's looking to hit an A, K, a flush draw if they're suited or expecting to flop Q,J,10. I've been guilty of doing this myself.
Having had this realization I've changed how I play it. If I can either call or open for 2 or 3 BB then and only then will I play it. If it doesn't hit something on the flop then it's time to consider folding depending on the situation, continuing only if I can do so without putting much more into the pot unless/until I hit something.