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Poker Texas Hold'em

Below I am going to give strategy on how to play the top poker hand, which is AA, before the flop. I will give the advice from multiple different strategic viewpoints and if you use this information you should be able to crush your opponents in Texas Hold'em Poker with AA the vast majority of the time. To give my advice some credibility let me first state that I was a professional Texas Hold'em Poker player for 6 years. That was my only job, and I did it very well. I played online as well as at live casinos, so this advice is coming from an experienced and highly profitable real money poker player. After I explain AA fully I will probably write more articles on other hands and link them to the bottom of this page.

Break Down Of Information

I will be dividing the information up into multiple scenarios because in poker to be honest no hand is ever the same. The best I can do without actually playing the hand for you and reading everything going on myself is to generalize and give you the “general rule of thumb” when it comes to playing hands. What that means is that you should be able to go by the rule around 90% of the time, the other 10% of hands are going to be vs a whacky opponent which I obviously cannot cover in this article since there are millions of types of whacky players out there in the world.

All information here and not listed in the “short handed section” is assuming there are 7 or more players at your table. I will be dividing the information into sections such as positioning in the hand (in or out of position). For example, I will explain how to play AA at a 7 or more player table when you are in position and out of position + when you are the blinds which is a unique positioning. In position means acting last and out of position means acting before the opponent in-case you were unaware.

Lets get started!

Pocket Aces (A,A)

Pocket aces is a dominant hand because when played against any other random hand in the entire game from start to finish it will win on average 85% of the time. This doesn't even include betting the opponent out of the hand nor does it factor in that most people playing against you are going to have higher cards putting them, especially if they hold an ace in their hand, at an even bigger disadvantage!

The bottom line is pocket aces is dominant and if you ever fold it before the flop you should smack yourself in the face and then quit poker for life (unless it is a tournament and then you could sometimes justify folding pocket aces before the flop to advance your positioning if really short stacked).

So now that you can see just how dominant pocket aces are, lets get into how to play those bad boys!

Playing AA before the flop at a 7 or more player table

There are many ways to play AA before the flop and the most important thing to keep in mind is that you either play as you have been playing, or expect your opponents to be onto the fact that you are most obviously playing different than you had been with your random junk hands like jack deuce. For example if you had been folding every hand and never raising and then all of a sudden you raise big, your opponents are surely going to know something is up. They will assume of course it is either a bluff, or pocket aces. That is entirely fine so long as you understand that they are going to be making this assumption.

With that in mind let us first go over how to play pocket aces when you are in position.

AA, Playing In Position

When you are in position you get the benefit of acting last which is a great bluffing opportunity since you have already been able to see what all of your opponents have done. With this in mind you are going to take advantage of the possibility that your opponents might think you are bluffing by betting very large with your pocket aces. I typically will take whatever the total chips in the pot are and multiply it by 2 or 3 for my bet (including the blinds!) based the feel for the table. You want to bet whatever you think will look the most like a bluff… So for example, if you are last and it was just the blinds you would bet $9 at a $1, $2 blind game. If 2 players had limped in for $2 each before you, then you would then bet anywhere between $15 and $21 instead. If the first guy in raised to $8 and then everyone folded to you, you would bet between $22 and $33 hopefully you get the picture. The point is you bet large in these situations. If anyone ever raises you after you bet you simply bet all of your chips back at them and say ALL IN.

If not, you hope to get called, and then go to the turn where you will most likely bet big again. If everyone folds that is fine, you won money with very little risk. It is better then limping is for $2 and then losing all your chips to some garbage hand your opponents got to play for free in the blinds.

AA, Playing Out Of Position

When playing AA out of position it is a different story, you want to simply call the blinds and then if someone ever raises you re-raise to 3-4 times whatever their total bet was. So say they just limp in for $2 and then nobody raises. If that happens you simply see a flop and then play the turn safely. Remember the saying. Limp with aces, never go broke with aces. Now if someone bets that is when you make your money. They assume you are weak because you had limped in, so when you raise they might not believe you and lose all their chips to you. An example of this would be that you limp in for $2 and then someone makes it $9. At that point you would raise to between $27 and $36 total. If anyone raises big or re-raises your bet you will simply bet ALL IN!

AA, Playing From The Blinds

When you are in the blinds the positioning is a bit confusing because you act last before the flop, but first on all other rounds. It is for this reason that I have decided to make this section about playing pocket aces before the flop from the blinds (big blind $2 and small blind $1). When you are a blind you want to play very aggressively with your pocket aces because it is a spot that a good number of people will bluff from + you have the advantage of going last and having everyone else who is willing already putting their hard earned chips into the pot. Your action is incredibly simple, you take the total chips in the pot regardless of the action before you, you total it all up and multiply it by 3 for your bet. If you get raised or this puts you all in, then you say ALL IN and bet it all. It is very simple to play AA from the blinds (at least before the flop it is). So to be clear, it nobody has come in at all just you and the other blind you are going to bet $12. If two people had limped in for $2 each you bet $21, and if someone had bet $10 and another called the $10, then you bet $69.

Reviewing Pocket Aces

You are trying to either play a big pot or a small pot, nothing in the middle. If you play a big pot you never back down and bet until you end up all in. If you play a small pot you play cautiously and do not risk too much. Assuming to start with this play before the flop, the rest of the hand pretty much plays itself… If you had bet before the flop big, then keep betting, if not, probably keep checking or bet small as a feeler bet. If people start betting huge in a small pot with no raise before the flop then you are probably going to have to fold your aces. Sorry pal! Keep checking back because I will probably be posting more info on poker hands including how to play KK, QQ, JJ, 1010, 99, 88, 77, 66, and AK + AQ before the flop and perhaps eventually get into post flop play with these hands as well. Until then, GOOD LUCK!

The AA post flop play has been created here: *How To Play AA After Flop

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