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A-K Blunders - Fri Feb 18, 2011, 12:25 PM
ClubbedNuts's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 61
I seem to be having difficulty playing my A-K hole cards lately and I'm looking for a little advice regarding how to better play my premium holdings.. In my first example it is the second hand of the PSO SL tourney and I flop a MONSTER..! It is evident that I made a poor decision (primarily pre-flop, but likely post-flop as well) on how I played this hand.. To take such a small pot w/ a monster like this is frustrating.. I will indicate that the pairing of the board on the turn coupled w/ the potential for a flush prompted me to bet the turn card the way I did.. It was obviously too early to formulate any sort of read on my opponents and whether or not I'd be able to bleed them of more chips.. Furthermore, I believe that one of the places I'm struggling is in losing value when holding hands such as these.. I'm typically too concerned w/ being drawn out on to play these cards for value..

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, 0 Tournament, 10/20 Blinds (9 handed) - PokerStars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com


Hero (CO) (t1500)
Button (t1490)
SB (t1480)
BB (t1500)
UTG (t1500)
UTG+1 (t1360)
MP1 (t1910)
MP2 (t1260)
MP3 (t1500)

Hero's M: 50.00

Preflop: Hero is CO with A, K
2 folds, MP1 bets t40, 2 folds, Hero raises to t100, 3 folds, MP1 calls t60

Flop: (t230) K, 6, A (2 players)
MP1 checks, Hero checks

Turn: (t230) 6 (2 players)
MP1 checks, Hero bets t230, 1 fold

Total pot: t230

In the second example it is clear that I made a mistake by re-raising the pre-flop aggressor in the way that I did.. I'm not sure if a flat-call was more appropriate or perhaps maybe a shove.. Although it's fairly early into the tourney, there had been much action both pre and post-flop.. The flop on this particular hand was terrible for me, as would fourth and fifth streets had I elected to continue.. However, w/ A-K developing into TPTK ~50% of the time (if my source is, in fact, correct), perhaps I did make the correct play..

PokerStars No-Limit Hold'em, 0 Tournament, 15/30 Blinds (9 handed) - PokerStars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com


MP2 (t885)
MP3 (t1445)
CO (t1510)
Button (t1005)
SB (t990)
BB (t1470)
UTG (t1380)
UTG+1 (t3290)
Hero (MP1) (t1525)

Hero's M: 33.89

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with A, K
UTG bets t105, 1 fold, Hero raises to t240, 4 folds, SB calls t225, 1 fold, UTG calls t135

Flop: (t750) 7, 5, 2 (3 players)
SB bets t750 (All-In), UTG calls t750, [color=#666666][i]

Any advice here would be helpful.. Suggestions as to how you would play the hand(s) from their respective positions and the pre/post flop bets you would likely make (or maybe not make in the case of the second HH) would be helpful..

Thanks in advance..

Last edited by ClubbedNuts; Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM..
Fri Feb 18, 2011, 02:21 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,832
I've got no problem with the way you played the 2nd one. raising preflop is fine and IMO it's a correct fold after the flop. As long as the two that were in after the flop were legit players, I'd put them on either a high/mid pair or low trips. Either way, your AK is in DEEP trouble.

If you pushed preflop in the 2nd one, you're more than likely now a railbird and it's way, way too early to be pushing without a made hand.

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