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would / do you rereraise or even go all in with it preflop even though you face lots of aggression and reraise from an opponent ?

i have often seen pros in high stakes poker or poker after dark reraising and even going all in with it . even very tight players like chris ferguson doing it

they treat AK even AK off suit like AA or KK

whats your take on this ?
 
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OOP jam AK preflop when you are below 100 bbs and the vpips of other players in the pot are loose.
 
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AK is a very dangerous hand my friend, even more if you play cash, I usually play a lot of 10$ cash, but it still doesn't become a bad hand, but a suited AK is very strong, I would go All in pre flop without fear
 
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1-Is this opponent loose and aggressive? 2- Is this opponent has about 1/4 of the maximum buy-in and made the PF all-in at least trice?

If so, pay attention in the hands he is shoving, however, notice that pocket 2s is the minor hand favorite to break AK.

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I wouldn't be satisfied if I had to give up an AK.
 
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I would think better and I would prefer to fold or in the worst case to see a flop and depending on this and the action I will make the next decision :)
 
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I just don't trust it for great value. I really do only open as if this was a low pocket pair until I see tge flop.
If my opponents are short stacked I may shove. But I would make the same move with 22.

Until the flop, I cannot trust this hand has ANY value. It is just too easy to over value and lose your ass!
 
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I just don't trust it for great value. I really do only open as if this was a low pocket pair until I see tge flop.
If my opponents are short stacked I may shove. But I would make the same move with 22.

Until the flop, I cannot trust this hand has ANY value. It is just too easy to over value and lose your ass!


Same for me. It is a good hand but I want to see a flop unless I am against short stack players. Then maybe I would shove but in Cash Games the stacks are usually deeper, so I would be more cautious.
 
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If I'm a huge chip leader and have good position to the small stacks, I play fast and even considering put all the chips in. But to risk AKo without position against strong stacks, sounds lottery to me. The last lows down speed to see the flop, and then change the speed, ou out...
 
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If you are playing against good regulars, then your 3bet and 4bet ranges should be well balanced. If you don't have it balanced and you only play with AA and KK, you will be brutally exploited. AK is great for balancing and dilutes your range. No one ever writes how to play AK correctly at all times. Each case is unique :)
 
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as far as I know, AKs doesn't have too much advantage compared to AKo, so you can treat them equaly most of the time.
Regarding re-raising, since you have two blockers against AA and KK, personally I think it's a great hand to do so. Even facing QQ it's a coin flip, and you might get called by a lot of Ax hands, thus your raise will be profitable in the long run.
Shoving in the first place might not be a good choice, but after you re-raise, opponent might shove and you'll be in a commited situation, so you have to be ready to move all in too.
 
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If your opponents on the table are very loose & aggresive and 3-bet , 4-bet constantly , I would go with Ak preflop all-in , almost everytime , persuming you have adequate bankroll for the game . If opponents are tight , and rarely 3-bet , probably never ! Would try to see the flop as cheaply as possible ;)
 
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AK in early position in a cash game for me is a 3 or even 4 bet reraise, i am not overly concerned by the other players at the table although i will note on them.
AK is an action hand and as such be prepared in this position to get called or jammed on by set miners or premium pairs/card holders, am i reraising all in? generally yes, more often than not - you face a flip.

Would i play AK versus QQ offsuit- well its 42.9% so its a profitable call with QQ at 57.2%. This is just one example.
AK versus KK offsuit however reduces this to just 30.03% for AK and 69.05% for KK.
AK versus JJ offsuit is 43.1% for AK and 56.54% for JJ for the purists out there.

I wanted to show the offsuit ranges for the premium hands that are often going to pre flop shove versus you as well - obviously there are slight changes to suited premium pairs of which i have not listed.
 
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If the stack is comfortable for continuing the game, then I see no reason to go all in on the preflop with AK. Because we have approximately the same chances of winning the preflop against almost any pair. It's like tossing a coin with a size of 100bb. For example, you will win once against your opponent's pocket QQ and lose once. The win will be equal to 0. Then there is no point in taking risks. And if the opponent has AA or KK, then you will have to lose with AK on the preflop much more often.
 
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AK is a strong hand, but it's just a draw. If suited, much better.
 
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a lot depends on the opponent, the hand is of course top range, but for balance, especially in the cash, you can use all the chips, otherwise I can exploit you
 
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Bankroll management seems to be the must thing when going all in with AK.
 
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hi, I mostly play MTT, but recently I have become very interested in cash, my pre-flush opening with AK is a raise .. all-in only if in a later position and my bank will block the opponent in case of a loss .. I prefer a tight cash game
 
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would / do you rereraise or even go all in with it preflop even though you face lots of aggression and reraise from an opponent ?

i have often seen pros in high stakes poker or poker after dark reraising and even going all in with it . even very tight players like chris ferguson doing it

they treat AK even AK off suit like AA or KK

whats your take on this ?

Based on how you describe the situation, you see the two highest cards in front of you, and do not pay attention to your surroundings at all. The same person with the same cards can play their hand differently. It depends on a lot of facts. For example, at what stage is the tournament, the ratio of stacks to the table, and even from the goals set. Someone wants to climb higher and get their share of the prize money, and someone certainly needs to win the tournament. If you are caught bluffing a couple of times or saw how after a raise you fold to a reraise, be sure you will be twisted. The standard move here is of course 3BB or a reraise 2.5 - 3 times the bet if you are a brave and observant player. This is done not only to show your strength, but also to determine the place in which you are. Pros are therefore pros, because they easily determine the opponent's range, read his hand as accurately as possible and place bets in such a way as if everyone's cards are open. All-in tactics are most likely the lot of weak or very strong players. Good luck
 
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Definitely an action hand and one I'm leery of seeing a flop with. I love racing w/it and the thrill it brings but not so much when my 3-bet gets called by 7's, or something similar, and they flop a set along w/a K. It'll get me almost every time. I think I've gotten away from this scenario a couple of times but it was well past the flop, lol.
 
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Based on how you describe the situation, you see the two highest cards in front of you, and do not pay attention to your surroundings at all. The same person with the same cards can play their hand differently. It depends on a lot of facts. For example, at what stage is the tournament, the ratio of stacks to the table, and even from the goals set. Someone wants to climb higher and get their share of the prize money, and someone certainly needs to win the tournament. If you are caught bluffing a couple of times or saw how after a raise you fold to a reraise, be sure you will be twisted. The standard move here is of course 3BB or a reraise 2.5 - 3 times the bet if you are a brave and observant player. This is done not only to show your strength, but also to determine the place in which you are. Pros are therefore pros, because they easily determine the opponent's range, read his hand as accurately as possible and place bets in such a way as if everyone's cards are open. All-in tactics are most likely the lot of weak or very strong players. Good luck

this thread is about cashgames
 
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Depends on the opponent and the table - sometimes that's more important than the hand itself.

AKo and AKs are strong preflop so it's never "bad" but poker is situational in cash specifically.

I would take the highlight clips with a grain of salt as the hands are in isolation rather than having previous history of what's happened.
 
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I try not to go all-in with this hand in the preflop. Because often you can see QQ,JJ,AA or KK in opponent's hand, and against such hands our chances are not very high, it will be coin flip... so I better watch the flop.
 
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would / do you rereraise or even go all in with it preflop even though you face lots of aggression and reraise from an opponent ?

i have often seen pros in high stakes poker or poker after dark reraising and even going all in with it . even very tight players like chris ferguson doing it

they treat AK even AK off suit like AA or KK

whats your take on this ?
Go all-in with cards such as AK very often for many reasons, first of all in short stacks, even different suits AK are good. Second, when you know your opponent well, and all the pros read each other perfectly, you can also understand your odds, and realize that they are for the better. And thirdly, AK is a pretty good hand. :) Good luck and good hands! :D
 
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Go all-in with cards such as AK very often for many reasons, first of all in short stacks, even different suits AK are good. Second, when you know your opponent well, and all the pros read each other perfectly, you can also understand your odds, and realize that they are for the better. And thirdly, AK is a pretty good hand. :) Good luck and good hands! :D


but i am talking about cashgames :) it is different
 
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