Aces and faces

A-K is generally regarded as a powerful hand before the flop and a
reasonable hand to raise all-in with in most circumstances if there’s been
an initial raise and you’re short on chips.

Aces and faces


A-K is generally regarded as a powerful hand before the flop and a
reasonable hand to raise all-in with in most circumstances if there’s been
an initial raise and you’re short on chips. This is partly because playing it
that way you get to see all five cards, whereas if you call and miss you’re
left in a quandary. If you do hit a pair, though, and have raised plenty
pre-flop to drive out the draws then you can mostly play it like A-A and
hope to trap someone with an inferior hand into committing a lot of
chips.

• The flip side to this, however, is that with weak aces or picture hands like Q-J you
can easily be the one getting into trouble against a bigger hand. As a result, it’s
necessary to proceed with caution. For example, A-Q, A-J and K-Q will rarely lose
big pots to A-K on the flop and so can be played with some security in sit & gos,
short-handed and weak games, but they’re not hands to re-raise all-in with often,
nor a signal to put in a lot of money in a deep-stacked cash game.
• Needless to say, then, you should be playing even weaker hands like A-7, Q-J and
K-10 with caution and position if you play them at all, and be prepared to bail out
if the action heats up and you have only one pair.

Suited connectors


• These are hands like 7♥ 8♥ or 9♣ J♣ that have the potential to make both straights and flushes
but which you’re going to get away from easily if the flop doesn’t connect with you. They’re
best played only in deep-stacked or passive games unless several players have called already, or
you fancy raising with them late to add some deception to your game.


• What you’re looking to hit is a minimum of a two-way straight draw (e.g. a flop of 5♣ 6♣ K♥ to
the 7♠ 8♠) or two more flush cards, in which instance you will complete your hand roughly
35% of the time by the river (slightly more for the flush and less for the straight). That said, if
you also have overcards as outs then your chances will increase, e.g. a flush draw with a live
ace is almost even money to a high pair. Bear in mind, however, that card by card your odds are
somewhat less and so you should only be calling small or medium-sized bets on the flop unless
the stacks are deep and your implied odds are high, but recommend read zodiac casino review
before start playing.


• Beyond this, you might hit a combination hand, like a pair and a flush-draw or a straight and
flush-draw. With these hands you can call full pot bets and also raise aggressively or go all-in as
a semi bluff if the stacks are short. Your chances of winning by the river are rarely much less
than even money, and by raising you can represent a made hand and increase your equity even
further.

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