Betting on Ace/King in Holdem

Everyone who competes in hold’em knows that a-k is one of the greatest starting hands. But, it is just that, an opening hand. It is only 2 cards of a seven-card formula. In nearly each new situation, you’ll want to jump out firing with A-K as your pocket cards. When the flop arrives, you have to analyze your hand and think things through before you just assume your overcards are the strongest.

Like many other opportunities in holdem, knowing your adversaries will help you gauge your position when you hold A-K and observe a flop like nine-eight-two. After you bet preflop and were called, you presume your opponent is also possessing good cards and the flop may have by-passed them as poorly as it missed you. Your assuming will often times be right. Also, do not forget that many bad players wouldn’t understand good cards if they tripped over them and possibly could have called with Ace-x and paired the table.

If your competitors checks, you might check and observe a free card or place a bet and attempt to pick the pot up right there. If they wager, you can raise to see if they are for real or fold. What you wish to avert is basically calling your competitor’s bet to see what the turn results in. If any card other than and Ace or King is turned over, you will not have any more info than you did following the flop. Let us say the turn brings a four and your competitor bets once more, what do you do? To call a wager on the flop you had to believe your hand was the best, so you must surely believe it remains so. So, you call a bet on the turn and one more on the river to figure out that your opposing player has a hand of ten-eight and just a second pair after the flop. At that point, it hits you that a raise after the flop could have won the money right there.

Ace-King is a beautiful thing to find in your hole cards. Just be certain you gamble on them carefully and they’ll bring you great happiness at the poker table.

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