The Better Hole cards

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Which of these two hands would you prefer as your hole cards?
AK suited or QQ?

Statistically the AK has an edge over the pair to improve and remember that you are only looking at 50 unknown cards.

Work it out and I'll let you know.
 
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it depends, 1x1 ? pair always in one to one.
 
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I think AK is very slight favorite here. But I could be wrong
 
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Which of these two hands would you prefer as your hole cards?
AK suited or QQ?

Statistically the AK has an edge over the pair to improve and remember that you are only looking at 50 unknown cards.

Work it out and I'll let you know.
AK only has an edge in the sense that, when behind (and AK is behind from the start), it has 6 outs to improve, and QQ only has 2 outs when behind (not counting any straight or flush draws, backdoor or not).

But the thing is: QQ is already ahead. If AK doesn't spike an A or K, it loses.

QQ will win 54% vs AKs only 46%.

Give me QQ any day.


I think AK is very slight favorite here. But I could be wrong
You need an equity calculator.

Equilab
Ace Poker Solutions Equity Calculator

Equilab is faster for more complex ranges, but APSEC has the added feature of letting you assign discounted hands in ranges. Depending on the specific need, I use both.
 
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Thanks, ill check those out. Do you use those in real time while you're playing or strictly in review?
Strictly in review.

Fiddling around with different ranges will also give you a good handle on how your equity looks in certain situations. It'll help to recognize spots on the table. An equity calculator is a great tool.
 
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from my experience, I will go with QQ better than AKs. of course AKs will win sometimes but QQ will be overall more often. :qh4: :qs4:
 
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A made pair is always higher percentage then a draw, I'd feel comfortable flipping there, now if it was JJ I would be hesitant lol ace or king always hits with jacks
 
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I would have to go with QQ, It may not be the statistical favorite, but truth is your ahead, of course it's much easier to play than AK, I could shove QQ, AK I more than likely won't shove preflop unless 6man or less/
 
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If things remain the same with no improvement to either, the pair wins.
The pair has a 24/1 chance to improve and the AK has a 7.3/1 chance. The AK sits with a 4/1 chance of filling a flush and about 3/1 filling a straight. All in all I favour the AK.
 
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Best second hands...

Never count out a good suited runner hand... I see people bet 10 Jack suited like their aces but the same players never give 67 78 or 89 the same respect. great calling hands especially against what you might assume is a higher pocket pair. they are easy to fold but great kill cards if you hit the flop .:D
 
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Never count out a good suited runner hand... I see people bet 10 Jack suited like their aces but the same players never give 67 78 or 89 the same respect. great calling hands especially against what you might assume is a higher pocket pair. they are easy to fold but great kill cards if you hit the flop .:D

In terms of advice for newbies. I would tend to avoid mid suited connectors until you are a winning player. Ability to hand read is also imo more important with hands that are less likely to be drawing to the nuts.
 
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QQ every time, pre flop if the hand is ahead then it's ahead so I'll take it
 
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its a flip, i would prefer AK suited though just becasue the faces you have alot more out depending on the flop also who you are playing ith if its live do you know the players and so on, usually i like to know the people im playing with weather there chasing or people who suck out and that makes a difference how i play
 
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QQ, would i prefer. I don't know if you all have the same, but in general I don't win AK that very often on pokerstars. And with hands like 66, 1010, JJ, QQ I always hit the set. That is what I like about those hands. You just need one card and you will have a percentage of more then 90% after you hit that one. AK has a nice percentage if you hit the A or K ofcourse, but then you haven't seen the last card yet.
 
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In my experience QQ is preferable. With AK a good experience if we do not
 
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I'd prefer QQ, heads-up. However, multiway scenarios are a bit tricky. I've had a similar issue with JJ, at last night's cash table. It's very difficult to open with a good c-bet, with overcards on the table. In a multiway pot, I'd prefer AK, with its overcard and 'big draw' dynamics, to further +EV.
 
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During long time of observing, at the table, where one ore several players with grosser stack than yours, your pocket AK, even suited, could not closed (get not Ace or King on the board).
But if you see poker Gods look on you, or just you feel success, be sure, AK will be winner, even against pocket Kings))))
 
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I know the ace or king always seems to come when you're holding the queens, and never seems to come when you're holding the A-K. It just seems that way because the hands you lose tend to stand out more prominently in your memory. I've lost plenty and won plenty with both hands. Still, I think I would rather be holding the queens. I would always rather be getting my chips in ahead as opposed to being behind and having outs.

When we play A-K we are usually expecting to be ahead, to have our opponent either dominated or crushed. But if we don't, then there is still hope because we're holding two over cards. But if you had the choice, would really choose to be behind, hoping to get lucky and hit one of your over cards? One way I look at it is to imagine I had magic glasses that could let me see my opponents cards. If he were to make a standard raise against me with Q-Q and I was holding A-K, I would flat call and be prepare to let go of my hand if I didn't out flop him. But if he raised me with A-K and I was holding Q-Q, I'm going to 3-bet his ass. If my opponent was to shove holding Q-Q, I would most likely lay the A-K down. But if he were to shove with A-K, there is no way I would let my queens go. That just how I see it.
 
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