This is a discussion on AK all in preflop!!! within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Would you go all in with AK(suited or not) preflop in early stage of a poker tournament?
I really am nervous playing this hand in general
You really have to think in a matter of blinds. Every time you want to go all in think: i have 100 big blinds, should i play only this hand or play 100 hands? Naturally when your stack is getting smaller or the blinds getting higher the shove decision becomes easyer
Going all-in preflop with AK is, in principle, very dangerous, because even 22 will be older than your cards. You need to be able to fold such cards. Well, a lot depends on your opponent's playing style. If he constantly plays and puts all in often, then it makes sense to play, and if he is a calm player, then it is not necessary.
AK is a strong hand only preflop but sometimes it is greatly overvalued and in the initial stages of a tournament putting them all into the pot is a bad move, because there is still a lot of tournament ahead and you will have more opportunities to play and accumulate chips.
To go all in with ak when you have 100 or 200 blinds, especially when someone has already done all in before you and after you there are many more people, is not exactly the best idea, but the situation is different if you are on the big blind e and before you there were many opens without 3 bets, then it is possible to push. I can afford to push a stake if I have the largest stack and there are several people in the game for whom I will get a good bounty, if they have 20-30 blinds, for example, and I have 40-60, then this is an easy call.
Its not a good play early on, but when you have big stack at table with loose players I go all in with ak or any pair. When blinds are really big I do it a lot. Also when its bubble time I'm all in with ak.
Hello. Some of the things I think about:
Can I get to the flop cheap? Right flop, no problem.
Is it worth it early on? Most likely not.
Am I already short stacked?
Do I want to stay in the game longer?
Is the one play worth my whole stack?
If I go all-in, am I crazy? Probably.
Allin preflop with a full stack AK hand is played only by someone who is very poorly versed in the game and does not know how to play postflop. I wish everyone to understand the theory and have a great skill in poker in order to win big money and not deny yourself anything.
No one is saying it so i will. Pot odds should always be considered. if your heads up call everytime your getting 1.8 to 1 or better. 3way pot make sure you are getting your correct return. No one takes in to account the simplest of answers.
No one is saying it so i will. Pot odds should always be considered.
Eaglaces gives you great advice.
That certainly works for your chip stack in a cash game, but you have to remember that in tournaments [which what the OP was about] you also have to manage the payout ladder.
So in the simplest case 2 to 1 odds may be very good odds to bet, but it may not be wise to make the bet on the bubble. In tournies you cannot just reach into your pocket to play more after you are felted. Tournament bubble decisions mean the difference between SOME money and NO money. When you calculate those odds it is a hell of a big number.
If playing a freeroll, all in with A K at an early stage might not be the worst idea, especially if there aren't multiple all in's. Just be mentally prepared for the chance it goes south. As others have said, A K is the hand most money is lost, so is to be played with caution. Cheers
maybe not in a deep stacked tournament with a 215 buy in like sunday million however in lower buy in tournaments with less than 100 bb i would go all in with ak considering the fact that only aces and kings are dominating ak and you have blockers of both making it less likely that villain have these hands. maybe i might consider folding a shove after a 3 bet or 4 bet shove if villain is a very tight player otherwise i would just go all in.
AK is known among poker players as Anna Kournikova, looks good but doesn't win! This is an easy way to play a hand in non-stacked games. However, there are several factors to keep in mind:
Much depends on your opponents. Are your opponents loose or tight? What are their preflop calling, raising and reraising ranges? This is important because if they are tight you will not go all-in preflop. There will be little point in this action. But if they call all-in with K7s or 75o, you can play for the stack.
Position at the table matters a lot. Positional players usually open fewer hands in early position than in late position. Thus, if there is a raise from early position followed by a reraise and then another reraise, then AK should probably fold. But if the raise comes from the button and the small blind calls and you are in the big blind with AK, then this is a completely different situation. In this case, AK is probably the best hand.
Think about the future. This point differs from the previous two regarding opponents and position. This is because the first two points tell you a lot more about what a particular action means. Raising, re-raising, and re-raising in action does not necessarily mean AK is not the best hand in the game. It doesn't matter if there is active action preflop or not. What matters is who raises and from what position. Some people's raising and reraising ranges are very different from others, and you should pay attention to that.
The depth of the stack matters. The fewer the blinds in the stack when all-in, the less significant your mistake will be. If you face aces or king. Playing 40 BB is much easier than playing 500 BB, right? And honestly, if you have 500 BB in front of you, you should never go all-in with AK.
Very good question, the truth is that I think that in the early stages going all in with AK is not a very good idea, as long as you go against a pair, whatever it is, even deuces, you have a big probability of losing the bet. However, there comes a stage of the game in which many are desperate and challenge you all in with high cards and that is where you come out well, usually not always, with ace king. Cheers and good luck when you get this pair, they can be your best friends or your enemies for life lol.
1. Buyin for the game
2. Who is shoving. if its'a call situation, or whom is left to call if I am first to shove. By whom meaning how often I have played the person and what kind of read I have on them.
If I am playing in a vacuum (no read on the player) I am only shoving with this hand in a freeroll.
...I cut my deck to the Queen of Spades, but the cards were all the same...
I prefer not to go all in with AK early in a tournament. The early stages of a tournament are a great time to learn about your opponents. This is better accomplished by playing each street instead of going all in preflop.
Going all in early also typically either win you a small pot or in a race situation.
Probably not. Early stages you can get called with low pocket pairs making it essentially a coinflop where instead you can see a flop and outkick someone who has a Ace stealing a big amount of their stack or they. Ak has a lot of playability postflop so try to take advantage of it.