Gambling on A-K in Hold’em

Everyone who plays Texas Holdem understands that ace/king is one of the very best opening hands. But, it is just that, a beginning hand. It is simply 2 cards of a 7-card formula. In just about each new situation, you want to come out guns blaring with Ace-King as your hole cards. When the flop arrives, you need to reassess your hand and consider things completely before you just assume your cards are the strongest.

Like most other situations in texas hold’em, understanding your opponents will assisting you in gauging your position when you have Ace-King and see a flop like nine-eight-two. Since you bet preflop and were called, you assume your competitor is also holding good cards and the flop might have by-passed them as badly as it missed you. Your assuming will often times be right. Also, don’t forget that most bad bettors wouldn’t understand good cards if they tripped over them and could have called with Ace-Something and paired the table.

If your opposition checks, you could check and observe a free card or place a wager and attempt to pick the pot up right there. If they bet, you can raise to see if they are for real or fold. What you want to avoid is simply calling your competitor’s wager to see what the turn brings. If any card instead of the Ace or King hits, you won’t know any more info than you did following the flop. Now let us say the turn results in a four and your opposition wagers one more time, what will you do? To call a wager on the flop you had to think your hand was the greatest, so you must truly believe it still is. So, you call a bet on the turn and 1 more on the river to discover that your opposition was holding 10-8 and just a second pair following the flop. At that point, it hits you that a raise after the flop could have won the pot right there.

Ace-King is a beautiful combination to find in your hole cards. Just be certain you compete in them carefully and they will achieve you great happiness at the poker table.

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