We know that even an AA-KK can be defeated easily, on many occasions we play these hands erroneously, and when we play correctly the variance can kill you in the same way, there are no hand invincible , at these hours it tells a lot how we see these Opportunities, and how we lose money with them, or profit,
Even though AK is considered to me a monster starting hand (preflop), for myself I learned long ago that no hand is truly unbeatable until the river has come and gone. When to are staking the chips in front of you, then and only then can you say that your hand was unbeatable.
Too many people underestimate the timing of a 3-bet and click back 5-bet if they 4 bet you, most will go all in here with probably 33-QQ because you have AK blockers, with the intention of snap calling the all in 6-bet. Sometimes you just have to go with it preflop, or if they don't go all in
Iv seen the ace king go down in flames many times, that being said, iv seen the AK take down QQ KK , AND JJ many more times than i can count. enen seen AK , take down AA. Its poker ant two cards and a seat.
Of course any two cards are a possibility for a loss as well as a win. I find when I am short stacked I like to get AK, where I can shove. I did just the other day get called by a player with 73o and his 3 hit. He was calling and hitting with every thing and sending more than me to the rail before hand. One player was constantly cussing at him for winning a lot of hands with junk.
I also got beat by AQ with him getting the Q on the river. I should have folded and been on the final table. I as a rule don't like to mess with the chip leader, but I felt I had a good read on him and an A hit the flop. A player was already all in and instead of checking it down he went all in, I called I lost. lol
Theese are strong cards, they don't come too easily you can push harder with this cards, but you have to take in mind that you can loose, depends on the game in your table, your opponents and your bankroll.
Are we talking about tournaments or cash games ? Either way , I speak as an amateur poker player , I have to say I have folded many times AK at zoom cash tables and I always tag , keep notes on the people that shove with AK full stack
On tournaments it's another story , it's much easier to shove or call an all in , but not early I would say imho
If you are a newcomer to poker, let me give you some advice: AK is a very big hand. Itís even-money to beat almost any pair, and a good favourite against every other hand. You must play it strongly.
If you have been playing poker for a couple of years, contesting a lot of tournaments, watching the game on television, wondering whether to start calling yourself Ďa professionalí, let me give you some advice: AK is not that big a hand. Itís no pair! Stop moving all-in as soon as you see it! Play it with some finesse, for heavenís sake!
Victoria Coren "For Richer For Poorer"
I never call or go all-in with AK in a cash game unless my opponent is really short-stacked or has been making a lot of 3bets against me preflop. You have to remember that even though it is a strong hand, without a hit you have nothing but Ace high, not even a pair and that is hardly ever good enough. I 3bet with it almost every time but play it very cautiously from then on if I get called. Especially if I don't hit a pair on the flop. In tournaments I am much more willing to raise/call all-in with AK if my stack is getting low.
AK has always been one of those hands that I find very hard to play. I'd much rather take something like 87s in my hand any day
What's so great about AK. They are just two cards that can be made or broken with the community cards.
In all-in HU situations:
-Only behind AA/KK but you block some combinations, making those hands less likely
-Virtual coin-flip vs 22-QQ
-Crush all Ax/Kx hands
-Favorite vs all other unpaired hands.
No all-in pre situations:
-A or K on flop always gives TPTK, crushing weaker Ax/Kx hands.
-Great fold equity on most flops they miss vs a lot of hands, making it one of the best hands to c-bet.
-Great hand to float on a lot of flops, sometimes giving a free river, thus giving you ~25% to hit TPTK on turn or river.
The game has changed quite a bit. I recall years earlier AK would be played less aggressively e.g. hit the flop or fold (hence given the name anna kournakova - looks pretty but never wins). And rarely seen calling an all-in preflop since it was technically still just A high.
in such cases, you should act according to the situation.AA KK are very strong hands.but if you go all in you can lose your entire Bank.you need to think.poker intellectual game.you can play with small pairs
AK is a good hand. But, I think its better to see the flop, then make further decisions. If my chip stack is small, I usually push it preflop... Going all in at that time.
I lost with AK, last nite to 77.... So, its not as powerful as some may think...
Great starting hand to open with from any position, but it's a drawing hand and if you don't hit the flop you've got to proceed with caution. Depending on the flop and the ferocity of the betting you need to judge if you still may have the best hand, or you need to let it go.