When to let go of KK, QQ, AK, AA preflop?
If you have KK or QQ in a tournament, a healthy preflop raise is typically in order to get rid of the ace rag and/or king rag hands. However, when you do that and someone pushes all-in, what guidelines do you use to call?
I'm thinking it comes down to stack sizes, the read you have on the player pushing, and how many other players still have an opportunity to go all-in.
That's just the warm up. The real killer hand for me is AK. When can you call an all-in of similar stack size as your own with this hand? It's a loser to 22. But it dominates AQ, AJ, AT, etc. Do you just have to have a good read? A lot of people play AQ, AJ, AT preflop the same way they play TT or JJ, so it can be tough to tell. In one case, you're doing great, and in the other you're flipping a coin.
I'm beginning to wonder if I'm getting too attached to my AK.
Also, what about AA? Do you only call an all-in of similar stack size as your own if you can ensure that you'll be heads up?
I just need some advice as to when I should be letting these hands go, especailly as it applies specifically to tournament play.