JavaScript must be enabled for Sign In.
Please check your broswer settings.

Home \ Community \ Blogs \

From Ace Rag to Riches

Building a Bankroll from Micro up!
Send PM

Much Action = Not Worth It

By: baud2death @ 05:18 (EST) / 64 / Comment ( 1 )

Lets take a look at this for a moment

You are in a hand, blinds are 100/200 and you are in MP with 3000 chips


UTG limps

UTG + 1 folds

So.. you have a nice hand, say and raise it early from MP.

You had 3000 chips, you bet 2x BB for 200 chips

HJ folds

CO Shoves (Shoves for 2550)

SB folds

BB Shoves (Shoves for 2300)

UTG Shoves (Shoves for 6700)



So you have the Nuts Preflop... AA. Should you get it in?

Most of the time this would be a resounding YES... but unless you play in a Cash Game where you can reload for no fuss, in a Torny where you life is on the line, is it really worth it?


Lets look at some hand examples to see.


UTG limped but he is a tight player so we are going to give him a 15% hand range to play with

CO is showing strength, he is at 12BB but he isnt waiting for an Open spot so I reckon 12% range for him

BB needs to have something much stronger so I am going to give him top 5.5% of hands


Using it gives me 60.5% average to win the hand.

... and that is with AA

AA = 60.5%

KK = 41.8%

QQ = 33.3%

AKs = 22%

AKo = 16.7%


Now, 60% might sound like good numbers but its only slightly better than a coinflip.


Now, i am not saying DON'T get it in with AA or KK preflop with 3 opponents, I just wanted to highlight that although AA, KK and QQ are monsters, from a pure odds point of view, outside of a Cashgame, you are not dominating as much as you should be.


AA, KK and QQ are just pairs... Strong, yes but with so many cards to come and so many opponents already committed, they arent as strong as people like to think.


With AA/KK/QQ your ideal target is 1 opponent, maybe two who have a hand like Ax or Kx with AA or KK in your hand... or a lower pair.

With more opponents we open the door to more chances for trips, more chances for flushes or straights.


Just  be careful



In order to comment, you must login or register.
Take Quiz
New here? Take our Poker Assessment to start your education.
already a member? sign in here
JavaScript must be enabled for Sign In.
Please check your broswer settings.
Learn From basics to advanced strategy
Practice Improve your skills with our trainers
Win! Establish yourself as a winning player
/Featured Promotions/
Progressive Jackpot Progressive Jackpot Playing our new 'Scratch & Match' game is free and very easy. If you match 3 symbols you win a prize!!!! View details
Earn 10 Tournament Tickets Today! Earn 10 Tournament Tickets Today! Invite your friends to join Poker School and you could earn up to 10 tournament tickets as a reward! View details

Getting PokerStars is easy: download and install the PokerStars game software, create your free player account, and validate your email address. Clicking on the download poker button will lead to the installation of compatible poker software on your PC of 51.7 MB, which will enable you to register and play poker on the PokerStars platform. To uninstall PokerStars use the Windows uninstaller: click Start > Control Panel and then select Add or Remove programs > Select PokerStars and click Uninstall or Remove.

Copyright (c) All rights reserved, Rational Group, Douglas Bay Complex, King Edward Road, Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 1DZ. You can email us on