Originally Posted by ohshootmybad
AK, especially a AKs is a very strong hand. AKs is in the top 5 hands, 4th just below QQ. AKo is probably in the top 10 of hands. Where exactly depends on who you ask.
Your argument that you can lose with A2s is a pretty weak one as A2s can potentially beat any hand, but it doesn't mean it's a better hand. A2s is a huge underdog vs AK and only winning about 30% of the time. Winning 3/10 times doesn't make A2s a better or more profitable hand.
AK is a very strong hand and should be played as such preflop for value. Flatting a raise is very weak unless you're against a very bad opponent and you can earn more value post flop. In most cases, you should be getting as much money as you can preflop.
I could bore you with a bunch of numbers and stats, but i won't. Just know that by playing AK passively, you're giving up tons of value with the hand.
Agreed, AKs or AKo is only drawing dead to one hand, Aces...
Pre Flop, I find this hand pretty comfortable calling an all in from someone short stacked, AKs or AKo dominates any other Ace hand ex, AQ, AJ, A10, and so one, they're relaying on maybe 3 outs maybe less depending on who folded what...
Being late in position under a big 3 or 4 bet, flat is the play and pray you hit the flop good enough to push and hope they didn't out flop you...
It's a good guessing hand, if you're certain your playing against someone with a wide range of hands then it's value pre flop does go up.