I would fold AK on preflop if I am getting action from 3+ other players preflop where I see 4-5betting happen. I would tentatively lay this hand down in this situation as the probability of seeing an Ace or a King on the river is 1/3. Also with that many people in the action I cannot even insure that I will be okay on a paired board against potential pocket pairs. I would raise AK on a larger table in order to make sure no limpets can connect on the board. Lastly, I would only ever call for deception. If someone next to me is tilted or extremely loose I would give them the opportunity to bet into me with a strong pre flop hand.
I had a situation in a tournament where there were 3 all in's ahead of me and I am thinking there is probably some pairs going into the flop. This going to be a race and I did not want to end my tournament by losing a race so I folded an ace king and ended up being a good fold.
F.e. if someone make a 3bet and two goes to raise it up around 12bbs. At this point you really have to think that probably AK is blocked and maybe not improving. In this case depending on the stage and others I could imagine each outcome. But oc seeing a flop is you can always wish with this hand.
AK is a very-very strong combination, but that doesnt mean that you are destined to take it to all-in every time.
Never folding to a min raise and always 3beting them. Early in a tournament I am more likely to call a raise or 3bet with them and I can fold early on to certain opponents when needed and the are shove 125+ BB.
I agree with situations others are talking about - many situations when you can't over play AK or even have to lay the hand down. I learned in reviewing many MTTs where I did not do well, that AK was my Achille's heel - so easy to lose a race with this hand.
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With a short to medium stack of up to 50 BB, you can almost always raise and play for the stack. With a deep stack, it makes sense to just call and watch the flop. In the early stages of tournaments, the best solution is to call. When everyone has very deep stacks, there is no need to inflate the pot with an unprepared hand.
it depends.... is the avverage stack arround 30.000 and u have under 10bb, otherwise i just openraise arround 2,2bb , if u are at the button and arround 15bb , maybe i jam there... to get a call
in bounty tourneys, if u see the table and 1 is short behind u, i like to flat the AK after op, that if the bounty is going in , the openraiser just puntes in to get that bounty and thinks he has fold equity, there is it very nice to just flat that AK preflop
Yeah actually just in bounty tournaments, i like to flat it sometimes but ONLY if there is a short guy behind u...
But generall, if someone openraises, i 3bet the AK in normal tournaments , like deepstack/ hyper / turbo ....
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I would only flat to trap if I hit top pair on the flop, I would almost always raise if theres only been 1 raise behind, and I would only fold it if there were like 2 other all ins, or if I'm on the bubble/close to laddering, or if the all in was for way more blinds than I need to punt (for instance chip leader vs second in chips with 200bb each, while everyone else has >50).