Whether you play free online poker or play high stakes, Vegas A-A and K-K are the two best preflop hands that will make your heart beat with excitement every time they show up.
When you have AA or KK, the chances of a smaller pair winning pre-river are only 20%, with unpaired hands being even lower. In K-K, an A-X (Ace with any card) has a 25% to 30% chance of winning, and this is usually only if he hits the Ace.
When you have AA or KK, you hear that voice say “get up, get up, get up!” Yes, heavy raising tells you that after all the only hands willing to call us, it will be AK and AQ, plus a heavy raise that will scare the proper connectors that can break us later if they hit straight or flushes.
So what you do is raise, especially in a late position dominoqq, and raise all increases again. So your hope, if you raise again, is that your opponents intend to raise again with a weaker hand that they think is their favorite, such as AK or AQ, so you can either push them all in or move all -in yourself.
But there are times when it’s worth being more subtle than just raising and raising the bid. An example is as follows: Suppose you have A-A in the starting position and raise. Everything else doubles. How many times have you been frustrated raising or all-in with these big preflop pairs just to attract customers?
So, in the starting position, if that’s what you intend to do – if you want to catch them by spilling a lot of your chips preflop, then just call, then wish – wish! – that someone raises after you so you can raise again. If they give up, at least you get more chips than if you immediately raised and scared them. If they call, this is already beyond preflop play …
But this “beyond the preflop game” is very significant as there is a big difference between A-A and K-K. Generally you should be willing to play all-in preflop more often with K-K than with A-A. Why?
Because if you have A-A and the flop comes, say, Q-7-3 or K-9-5, those willing to line up with you are those with, like A-Q, K-Q or K-J.
They are willing to provide your chips to you with these hands, and you can call your big bets or all-ins.
Your A-A is still the best hand as long as they think your big pair (big but not big enough) is strong, and that hand is already a significant underdog. A-A is good for both capture and acceleration.
You can all-in with him preflop, of course, but as above you can catch him if you want.
But if you have K-K, the flop could fall A-7-2, and … your K-K, no matter how golden, is now almost dead. There are two kings left, and anyone who can be there with you can bet big because he has an ace. (Will he probably bet with a single Seven?)
So you have to give up your K-K, no matter how hard it is for you to have such a good hand and ban it a few moments later. Or just call, call, call.
Therefore, preflop, you may have to play K-K harder than your A-A would. Ideally, if you play all-in with KK, an AX will call you or a small pair and you will be a favorite of about 75 to 25. (You are probably not called with KX or QX because they are not strong enough to call all-ins.)
If you get paid with A-X, they still have to get the ace. They are the ones at risk, and you don’t. If you play K-K slowly, and they ride your A-X with you on the flop, and they catch Ace, it’s a thousand times different from having to catch him. They have no risks to take.
There may be times when there is A-A versus K-K, but these times are rare. And if you are K-K, you can even fold it.
Let’s say two of you in a preflop hand are the chip leaders in a tournament, and you raise your starting position again, and suddenly it pushes you all-in! You can put it on A-A and give up very, very smartly and sickly. Or is he a player you know won’t raise this value unless he has A-A. But these times are rare, remember.
So, except for a few special considerations to keep in mind with K-K, playing pre-flop A-A and K-K is almost identical.