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Playing AA

Postby khunchang » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:34 pm

dear all,

i'm sure everyone has their badbeat stories of getting their pocket As cracked.

Which leads to the question: How do you play pocket As?

1. Do you try to get your opponents to commit all their chips preflop? or
2. Do you try to suck all their chips postflop?

i'm more of option 1. :-)

and here's my recent history of cracked As... enjoy :-)


PokerStars Game #31081180894: Tournament #181796090, $20+$2 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XII (1000/2000) - 2009/07/31 20:57:10 CCT [2009/07/31 8:57:10 ET]
Table '181796090 1' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: BizBills (27671 in chips)
Seat 3: rickwaa (34285 in chips)
Seat 4: lyplin (13700 in chips)
Seat 5: khunchang (22200 in chips)
Seat 6: hronik81 (2000 in chips)
Seat 7: dgrimreaper (18050 in chips)
Seat 8: tannnnn (27835 in chips)
Seat 9: Displeased (6500 in chips)
BizBills: posts the ante 200
rickwaa: posts the ante 200
lyplin: posts the ante 200
khunchang: posts the ante 200
hronik81: posts the ante 200
dgrimreaper: posts the ante 200
tannnnn: posts the ante 200
Displeased: posts the ante 200
hronik81: posts small blind 1000
dgrimreaper: posts big blind 2000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khunchang [Ad Ah]
tannnnn: folds
Displeased: folds
BizBills: folds
rickwaa: folds
lyplin: folds
khunchang: raises 2000 to 4000
hronik81: calls 800 and is all-in
dgrimreaper: raises 2000 to 6000
khunchang: raises 10000 to 16000
dgrimreaper: raises 1850 to 17850 and is all-in
khunchang: calls 1850
*** FLOP *** [9h 2d 8c]
*** TURN *** [9h 2d 8c] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [9h 2d 8c Kh] [3c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
dgrimreaper: shows [Kd Ks] (three of a kind, Kings)
khunchang: shows [Ad Ah] (a pair of Aces)
dgrimreaper collected 32100 from side pot
hronik81: shows [Jd Qh] (high card King)
dgrimreaper collected 7000 from main pot
hronik81 re-buys and receives 2000 chips for $20.00
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 39100 Main pot 7000. Side pot 32100. | Rake 0
Board [9h 2d 8c Kh 3c]
Seat 1: BizBills folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: rickwaa folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: lyplin folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: khunchang (button) showed [Ad Ah] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 6: hronik81 (small blind) showed [Jd Qh] and lost with high card King
Seat 7: dgrimreaper (big blind) showed [Kd Ks] and won (39100) with three of a kind, Kings
Seat 8: tannnnn folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: Displeased folded before Flop (didn't bet)
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Re: Playing AA

Postby DM101 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:18 pm

1. You always wanna get ur chips all in preflop and not on the flop with your AA.Why so?
The reason is that after seeing the flop, there are so many possibilities of texture on the board.

2. The villain might be the one end up trapping you instead after seeing the flop.
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Re: Playing AA

Postby xcaliblur » Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:10 am

I agree you always want to get all yours and your opponents chips in preflop rather than postflop... Im pretty sure everyone will agree with this statement here.

Preflop if you have Aces, it doesnt matter what your opponent has, you will be a favourite to win. Thus this gives you +EV. Plus, if you can commit an all in preflop it reduces the chances of a multiway pot as more people are likely to fold. Of course you shouldn't immediately all-in, as youd want SOMEONE to call... but basically the higher you can get the raise in preflop and have 1-2 callers the better.

Postflop its quite messy. If no ace comes out, any lower set, two pairs, straight, flush can kill you. If you continue to slow play at the flop it can become disastrous if your hand doesnt improve....

Just my two cents.
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Re: Playing AA

Postby chenghao » Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:36 am

The russian in the wsop 2009 40 k event used option 2 on the last hand ( with an aces 2 hands before it , played differently)

he made sure that issac connected something then he shoves later on
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