This is a discussion on AK vs all-in within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; My experience always fold, AK excellent opening combination, but very often I only have my stack redy.What do you think?
There are several factors to consider. The action leading up to the shove, the size of the opponent's stack, ICM, etc. But if you wanna consider just a random general situation I think it's mostly a call if someone short stacked open shoves against you and maybe a fold if it's a three- or four-bet all in from someone with a healthier stack than you.
AK is a little worse than a flip against most holdings other than AA and KK. So really it comes down to the size of your stack vs. villain stacks, ICM plus how many players are left to act. Heads up I can't see it being a fold often except against the nittiest of nits.
Remember AK is a drawing hand.
Pre-flop it has potential, but even when it hits TPTK, in an action flop with 3 or more players the hand is vulnerable to sets, flushes and straights.
We all see AK and AQ and get excited but many times end up disappointed.
In a phenomenon known as omission neglect we often pay attention to the barks but not to the moments when they are absent: we ignore what is omitted
This is an old cliché from live poker, and its very misleading. Preflop AK is only in bad shape against KK-AA, which it block, it is nearly flipping against 22-QQ, and it is ahead of everything else. So its certainly a hand, that should usually be played with a lot of aggression preflop. But that being said there are situations, where its correct to fold, because its very likely, that someone has exactly KK or AA, or its a tournament spot with serious ICM implications.
If it goes postflop, AK unimproved is a hand with showdown value, so its most correct to view it as a marginal made hand with drawing potential. Once again it beat every single hand, that did not make a pair, and this is typically the majority of hands. So there are plenty of spots, especially against a single opponent, where it can be completely correct and valid to bet for thin value or try to catch a bluff with AK high.
Its very amateurish to view 43, which flopped bottom pair, as "a hand", while viewing unimproved AK as "not a hand". The fact of the matter is, neither of these hands beat anything, your opponent is betting for value, but they typically beat all his bluffs, at least if its a small pot, and until the river they can both improve to a hand, which is often going to be the best. So they are essentially the same type of hand and should be played the same way.
I really dont like folding AK readless, with normal stack sizes, in a freeroll- a lot of time freeroll players can get it in with AJo etc. Another thing I like to do is when I see somebody jam AJo deep, take a note.
Very discussing situation here.Easiest situation in which you can be holding AK in your hand and your opponent is going all in and lets suppose that you are participating in the tournament is that you have for example at least 20 big blinds in your stack and in that situation then you can easily throw them knowing that you don't have to risk anything right now.Now this is all supposing that you don't know anything about of this player (you just been moved to this table or didn't played much hands at that same table etc...).So if that is my situation my answer would be i would fold AK o or s doesn't matter and continue to wait for my opportunity to increase my stack size.For any other situation you need to expand your question.
My experience always fold, AK excellent opening combination, but very often I only have my stack redy.What do you think?
The best thing you can do for your poker career, is to play several times at mid-high limits with a piece of paper on your monitor covering your cards, so you won't see if there is 72os or AA.
If you'll understand this lesson - you'll quit asking such questions - when to fold and when to play...
So far, from your message I see that you're playing with cards, while you have to play with players. It's ok at low limits, you have to play the cards, because most of the opponents don't know where the fold button is and don't care about the pennies that they've invested. But situation is different when your current pre-flop bet is higher than average daily salary in opponents country. 3betting without knowing your cards, but knowing your opponent is way more profitable than holding pocket aces without having any idea about your opponents brain chemistry.