This is a discussion on ATo From UTG in 6max within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; How often do you open ATo from utg in 6max? do you fold it on a loose table and open it on a tight table
ATo from utg is a standard fold. We should have very specific objectives to open it. For example exploiting fold equity in weak villains and few positions in play. There is no point in getting into trouble with that hand, because we must have a deep understanding of the general dynamics of the table where we are, for be able to use it.
That means in micro stakes with fishy players thats a default open?
Its kind of half-half. Its good to have fish in the blinds, but its not so great to have fish on the other seats, because they are going to call you a lot. And this is not really, what you want either, when you have some marginal hand. Lets just say, that CO call, BTN call, and BB call. Flop comes K94 two-tone. Are you exited about this, and do you have any realistic way to win the hand?
Opening AT from EP is highly table dependent. If the table is passive and opps have a wide flatting range then it can be fine. But you need a plan postflop. What are you going to do when an Ace hits? Are you happy to see that on a wet board like [Ac 6h 5h] facing a raise or two floats?
Conversely, if the table is playing super tight then your hand is pretty much dead when a reg 3 bets you, especially from the blinds. So keep your range tight from UTG and your decisions will be nice. AQ+ from that position works well for 6 max