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How is the best way to manage a single " A" in a Texas Holdem Tournament

How is the best way to manage a single " A" in a Texas Holdem Tournament - Sun Apr 28, 2013, 03:00 PM
rgutierrez's Avatar
Since: Aug 2011
Posts: 1

I´d wish to know how do I play with an "A" in a Texas Holdem tournament.


"A" with a small card (A,2....3, 4, 5, 6 , 7, 8....etc)diferent figure.

"A" with a small card same figure

Sun Apr 28, 2013, 03:41 PM
ArtySmokesPS's Avatar
Since: Oct 2011
Posts: 7,351
This question is one that can only be answered well with a very detailed - book length - post, or the standard two word answer for generic poker questions: "It depends".

How you play you Ax hands depends on a range of factors, including stack sizes, position, number and tendencies of players still with live cards, your "perceived image" (how other players see you), and a few other factors too numerous to mention.

Ragged aces (A9 or lower) are pretty weak hands that generally don't make money in the long run, but there are certainly occasions when you'd play them, such as to steal or resteal the blinds.

Since the question is too complex, I'd suggest that you thoroughly read the PSO courses, and perhaps go to some live training sessions when tournaments are being covered, so you can see how often ragged aces get played, why they are played (or not), and how aggressively (or not).

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Sun Apr 28, 2013, 06:41 PM
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