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The AA is the best preflop hand but we cannot live thinking that we will always win, we must eliminate that kind of thinking.
It's a common mistake for beginners to play AA or KK differently because they think they are special hands, "Go all-in or play as if you have nothing" are not the right thoughts to play poker, when we start playing we must have a general idea of the ranges of hands, and depending on the situation, our ranges are adapted.
By this I mean that we must have a general idea and not change it, if we have AA we must bet or raise, we cannot make coldcall. When we start the ideal is to play linearly, the hands that must be bet is bet, the ones that should be called are called, this way we will avoid many problems.
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I always open raise with them if they are folded to me. Depends on the game I am playing on whether I will raise 2.5BB or as high as 5BB. Micro stakes you can raise much higher and still get a caller or two. If there is a raise in front of you then it becomes player dependent and position dependent on what you want to do. You will never be too wrong to just go ahead and 3 bet but there are definite spots where the initial raiser is crazy agg post flop and you are actually better to just call the raise pre flop with the aces and then raise post flop. That is a much higher variance play and should only be used when you are going against those types of players but it is something to at least keep in mind.
Aces or Pocket Rockets are the best cards you can get pre flop 100%. You should always rasise or re raise pre flop. Post flop and all the way to the river your Aces have a 70% chance of winning, but if you're post flop with aces you should play a bit more cautious depending on the flop structure.
Depends from the period when im getting AA. If its cash game I do 3 bet preflop, after im continuing with betting if the board it's clear. If there is chance for flush and i'm not having any suit, then i'm little careful with the betting.
Worst is when the opponent have monster on flop and you have AA, then if you are re-raised and the board is 4 7 10 , you are assuming that he is holding pair bigger then 10 and you're continuing to all in maybe.
This is a most difficult part for you with the rockets to guess what is he having, bigger pair or monster. Its all in situation here, but you must know your opponent style of play. In the tournaments if I'm in the beginning I 3-bet always before flop and continue to bet after flop. If its late stage of tour, close to ITM, or at final table depends from what my mind will decide. In some cases I'm going till the end with strong guess that he has nothing or smaller pair then mine. There were moments when they catch monster on flop and I'm busted, but what could you do, like in life, same in poker, sometimes you win with 2's sometimes you lose with NASA
Here is example from yesterday - this time luck on my side.
Same as any other raise hand at the beggining, same sizing. Of course 4 betting if you get re raised or 3 bet if you get raised at. Trying to get it all in pre but never too early or something that can reveal your hand to your opponents.
There's no standard way to play AA. Other factors are just as important for you to consider before deciding what to do. Position, stack sizing, opponent tendencies etc will help to determine your next step.
In general, you want to extract more chips from your opponents but you also need to manage risk. So I would suggest slow playing AA is not a good idea generally. Going all in is also not the best approach again, generally. A shove will often cause the others to fold and you have made little profit with your aces. Try a 2-3 bb raise if you are first to act and then be ready to make to a bigger bet after the flop. If someone else acts first consider a 3x-4x raise to isolate the opponent while building the pot.
If there is a good game stack then AA play as a normal pocket pair, if a short stack then play all-in, some players in the early position play a limp-raise or limp-all-in, the old focus, but it still comes across)).
Preflop, you should always be willing (if necessary) to go all in with AA. At that point in the hand, you know you have the best hand. If you see a flop, AA is only one pair and should be played accordingly based on opponents, board, etc., and yes, folded if necessary.
How you play AA preflop depends on your image. If you play really tight and then suddenly make a big raise from early position, its obvious what you have so you won't profit from AA. You have to play a solid but balanced game overall (and in all positions) to be able to get action and profits from big hands.
it depends on several factors but in general. I bet dear preflop to avoid being faced with several opponents. if the flop suits me. I continue my aggression hoping that my opponent has not touched a set.
Preflop AA is the nuts, and if you always raise or reraise with the nuts, that is never going to be a mistake. In general your sizing should be the same as, what you use with other hands, you are raising or reraising, so that you are not giving away sizing tells. Against really bad players you can deviate from this, but its never a mistake to just use your standard size.
Postflop AA is just a hand like any other, and there is no specific strategy for playing AA. You basically classify your hand as strong made hand, weak made hand, draw or air, and play accordingly. AA will never be air, but it can be either a strong or a weak made hand, and it can also sometimes be a draw.
Getting it all in pre-flop if possible. Sometimes though depending on the action before me it can be very profitable to slow play and bet hard on the flop. However, this of course opens you up to more possible bad beats so you have to be prepared to lose more hands with AA overall, but win more $$ overall as well long-run. Daniel Negranu is a big advocate for playing bigger hands with less strength up front to trap.
It's can be difficult trying to slow play AA or KK. On a lot of boards a single pair won't be enough to win you the hand. The more players who see the flop the less chance you have of winning the hand. If you can isolate one player you'll have about an 85% chance of having the best hand. If you let the a couple of limpers come along for the flop your chances go way down. You want to raise the pot enough that players won't try and limp in after you but you also want any player that has a premium hand to call you. Raising the pot too much or immediately jumping all in is not the best way to get value for your hand. Remember that AA is worthless unless you get someone to throw money in the pot. At low stakes games you can go all in and you'll occasionally get the players who think suited aces or their J9 is worth calling you with but when your playing against decent players they won't go near that pot. If you raise to much they'll fold out their premium hands. A good player is only going to call a huge raise if they're holding AA KK and maybe QQ that's about it. So you want the bet to be large enough that it removes all the limpers but you dont want it to be so large that players fold their premium hands. If you can't get a player who wants to go all in with you then lead them there. If they 3bet then you 4bet but don't just go all in and hope someone will join you. Raise it to try and get them to at least call you and then you can try and get some more value after the flop. You see it over and over again where players get nothing out of their top pair because they play it way too aggressively
Once I won with AA, today I lost again. How you play with AA? You go all-in, or do you act like you have nothing at all?
By default, try to avoid all sorts of tricks and layered with aces preflop. The pot is still preflop. Also, many players make erroneous decisions in a wide range of hands. Not enough discipline, just do a triet with AA in value. They will make mistakes with QQ, JJ, AK, and sometimes even with a wider range of hands, and there is no reason not to disperse the pot preflop with aces if they allow us to do this. Of course, we can start using light 3bets against them.Postflop aces are a little more variable. Preflop is simple - play aggressively, and try to build the biggest possible pot and opponents will make a lot of mistakes. Postflop drawing is more complicated and depends on many factors, so let's make a list of things that you should pay attention to first of all when playing AA postflopAlways think about what you achieve with your bet or raise. A bet can usually be on value or in a bluff. So, with a bet we want to get paid by hand worse, or get a fold by hand better. With AA, we are usually more focused on value betting and therefore, when betting, we must be sure that the opponent will continue to play worse with his hands. If you think that your bet will only kill your hand better, you better say a check. Also consider checking against players who float and bluff a lot in the later streets to make money from their excessive aggression
I agree with those who say that your should raise or re-raise when you are holding AA unless it is later in the hand and somebody goes all in. It could be a "donk" in the wings with a 2 n 7 that just flopped 2 7 7 . Watch out !!!!!!
I try to play them the same way as most premium hands. I hardly ever just go all in. I open with my standard opening raise. I 3bet any opener usually 3 or 4x adding a BB for every caller. If theres a 3bet I 4bet 2x the pot or all in.
Even heads up AA loses 20% of the time so I just accept variance and try to get the hand heads up or at least limit it to a 3way pot.
With AA I give value to the hand in the pre-flop making a raise or a 3 bet depending on the case then it is necessary the information you can have of the table and the board to define what to do but the first thing is to give value to the hand in the pre-flop
I play the pocket pair AA aggressively, raise to 4-5 BB from any position. If the opponent made a raise then 3-bet, 4-bet and so on up to all-in. One of the main rules of the game with pocket AA - do not slowplay.
I see in this thread people saying raise AA 5bb, 10bb preflop, and I ask myself who is going to pay such kind of raise. Yes I know somebody will pay, specially in micro stakes, but most of the time nobody will pay. Such a waste for great hand like aces. Collecting 1,5 bb with them is really big miss, losing a value and big chunk of chips. Raise them 2.2-2,5bb, and 3bet,4bet if someone raise before, like pros do. We don’t have to invent hot water here, do like better and successful players do
Old question and every time it is new for us).It all depends on the situation at the table, the depth of the tournament and your stack.They can be limpit you can go for everything and it all depends on the situation at the table.When you put first and raise, you can get under the fire of your opponent and this will be a good test of your strength.and if you immediately go with them to all that can not collect half.this is a game and you always need to think and make the right decisions.much of the game depends on you and your actions.feel the opponent and you will always be ahead of him.
AA is the best and worst hand at the same time.Worst because if you lose while you go all in preflop you always say I lost with the best hand.
When I have AAs I always take in advance these things.
What kind of pot is this?
Who is my opponent?
What is the texture?
Should I bet?
Did I face a raise?
I play it according to my table image, position, stack size and who’s left to act and their stack size and player type all dictates how I play AA. Just shoving loses to much equity. You need to isolate this hand preflop and understand you’re going to lose 1 out of 5 times you’re dealt AA
Once I won with AA, today I lost again. How you play with AA? You go all-in, or do you act like you have nothing at all?
it depend how you feel at the moment, and the tournament level.. You can try to fish at the first levels in tournament, but is always risky, at advanced levels with high blinds you must rise a lot or send all in depending your position, trying to get blinds or get a head up..
I can’t call myself a professional poker player, but I think playing with AA is easier than with any other pocket. The main thing in this matter is not slowplay, otherwise they can be punished and moved.
See, thats bullshit that you never win with aces, maybe its really big multi way pot and than you lose but heads up you should win most of the time. Sometimes a mistake who people made with aces that they slowplay them too much and get punished. Limping aces 4way pot will make you lose most of the time. Now you got all in situations and you won