This is a discussion on How Do You Play Pocket Aces within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hello Everybody,
let's discuss the pocket Aces Play. What is your strategy to maximize profit from these cards?
Agree completely. Yet, I'm amazed at how often you see people slow playing them. Sometimes it works. They're counting on somebody hitting a smaller pair, or a good draw, going crazy and not improving. That does happen sometimes, but more often the Aces just make a small amount, or they get bested.
How often have you seen the blinds take down a big pot because their otherwise non-playable hand hit a miracle flop for free?
If I am running low on chips I will be risky and take the chance with all in or large raise. If I have more chips to mess around with i do a small raise see who is biting and what is on the board and decide from there how to play them.
Slow playing can make sense if you are calling a raise from late position and no one else has entered the pot. It disguises your hand well and generally plays pretty well against an opponent's range in this spot.
That depends on how many players have limped in before you. If only one, it is better to just call. A re-raise most likely will shake him off either pre-flop or in flop, but just call will make him feel more safe. With more than 1 opponents though, it is better to re-raise, since with 2 opponents it is only 60% chance to be better in river, so it is OK to raise. With 3 opponents it is definitely a re-raise!
One time I made all little raise to get a few callers, in my experience before that no-one called so I would waste my Aces. Flush board comes out so I fold to the bet. Since then I always shove Aces and hardly ever lose with them
With pocket pair AA - raise to 3-5 BB from any position. If the opponent did re-raise, you need to make a 4-bet - and so on up to all-in. You need to reduce the number of players. In any case, don't slowplay pocket aces.