This is a discussion on Ace King Vs Ace Queen within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; So I have read many books on the topic and find minor variations in the opinions on these four (suited or unsuited) different hands. Which
So I have read many books on the topic and find minor variations in the opinions on these four (suited or unsuited) different hands. Which is best to play? I have found personally that the AK, suited or not, tends to treat me pretty poorly. . .the AQ has lead me to more flushes and straight draws. Is this typical, or has someone else had different results?
Personally I have been knocked out due to the fact of my awful kicker..No matter what..A kicker will always help..Position with AK vs AQ..Starting off on top is always better..With personal experience in fact..You got to be smart when you play a hand when you KNOW your kicker is not good enough..Most people believe your kicker doesn't matter..But most of the time..It can make or BREAK you..Take Care
So I have read many books on the topic...
Which is best to play? I have found personally that the AK, suited or not, tends to treat me pretty poorly. . .the AQ has lead me to more flushes and straight draws. Is this typical, or has someone else had different results?
A/K is better. Period.
Does any book in the world rate A/Q higher than A/K? Really?
A/K and A/Q have almost an equal chance of making a straight. The difference would be that an A/Q can make a straight with one over and two unders. The the fact that an A/K straight is always the nut straight more than compensates for this.
As for the flushes, the only advantage with A/Qs vs A/Ks is that when you do make a flush, there's a slight chance that the other guy has something like K/Js for the second nut flush vs your nut flush. The K high flush will probably pay off a little more than someone with a Q high flush.
The real value of A/K is when you go up against Ace/face hands in an A high flop, which happens a lot more often. You know... you're A/K vs someone's A/Q late in a tournament... A/r/r flop.... you're taking his stack much of the time.
I suspect that maybe you're over-valuing A/K and overplaying it. It's a good *potential* hand, but even a small pocket pair like 4/4 has the best of it. And you're probably see A/Q as a bit more vulnerable so you're not overplaying it.
I can't tell you how many people I've seen make a big bluff on the river with an unimproved A/K because they figured their A/K was "supposed" to win and they were willing to risk their necks on a bluff to get the payout they felt their hand was due (or whatever).
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This is the best advice anyone gave me when i started playing tourneys. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DOUBLE UP ON EVERY HAND YOU PLAY. especially with AK and AQ those may be attractive, especially if there suited but play them as any other hand. they will still lose to a pair, remember that.
well lately AK suited or not has been really crapy 4 me. seems like like ill get all my chips in with it and some hee haw will call me with K 10 or K 9 or something really stupid and out flop me. if its not the flop its the river. smokynutz