Joined: Mar '09
Age: 45 (M)
I was playing a $22 [+$2] deepstack [5000 chip start] the other night on an ipoker skin, the game , as ever , was very tight to start,. nobody raising, just calling to see flops. I'd not played more than 2 hands before being dealt AA in a late pos. It had folded around to me, hich you hate see on that hand. I threw in a 5 x BB raise and only found one caller. Flop came 652, I thought it might be ok, seeing as only one caller, possibly with high cards/high pair but i also considered he could easily have an A or even A4, he raised, I re-raised all in to scare ... fecker had 55 .... what can you do? there isn't a right or wrong, just shite luck.
Joined: Nov '08
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 44 (M)
Yeah raise by all means but it is more essential (i feel) to know when you are / might be beaten. Coming in to pots with big hands are wicked but getting out of pots when the chips are down and your sitting with AA or KK isnt as easy. If AA won every time we'd all love the game.
Joined: Nov '09
Age: 48 (M)
Posted by ierons: I say, 100% of the time, you have to raise with AA, and 97.99% of the time with KK or even QQ.
What I tend to do, (this is just the way I play, I don't think it's good or bad) is raise usually at least 5x if I have QQ preflop. Usually raise less with AA, but always raise.
As for any other cards, you can play them any other way, position matters, etc. etc.
I always ask myself, with a starting hand, "What would I (reasonably) like the flop to be?" Of course if you have AA you probably want the flop to be AAK so you can't be beat, but that is not going to happen. If you have limped, 3 callers, and the flop is 4, 5, 6 then what do you do??? You shouldn't have given the guy with 3, 7 suited the chance to call.
I do not think the correct answer to this is even "depends on the circumstances". I think that is the correct answer to ANY other poker question th0
Joined: May '09
Age: 34 (M)
surely you can't limp with aces and then expect to win everytime. most people don't realise AA doesn't guarantee a win and still you gotta play post-flop and might have to fold considering your opponents and flop
Joined: Feb '10
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 32 (M)
You indeed have to raise, depending on how many players are in the hand, try to raise as much as you can because you want very few callers, but expect the worst when you have aces lol i was playing $1/$2 blinds on pkr baught in for 200$ very first hand got delt AA, 4 callers i raise too 16$ 1 person reraises me to 32$ ii take my time and reraise to 64$ he calls, flop comes 10 7 7, i check and he pushes allin, i call... turn 7 river 10. oh well that happens alot to me i kinda get used to it now.
Joined: Jan '10
Age: 29 (M)
Posted by Chartoule:
Never, never, never limp AA.
Thats rubish. One example where limping AA is really cool i had in a tournament.
BB was about 400. it is turbo so 400 is pretty much of a stack. I find AA UTG (maybe UTG+1 or something).
The BB hat 420 for the hand, so 400 went into the pot. I know people make crazy limps and calls. So i call. many others does so too. The BB will not check here. So i´m pretty sure it will be my turn preflop once more no matter if others raise or just call, BB will shove his last 20. So i can limp-raise here very nice, get a fat pot (and maybe some other calls, because somenone comitted himself). I loved it