Preflop Big Slick Poker Strategy – How to Play Ace-King

Preflop Big Slick Poker Strategy - How to Play Ace-King

Reckless aggression is a frequent mistake when holding suited cards in early position. That is, you are willing to bet or raise with Ace-King in hopes of driving out players with lower holdings. The drawback is that you risk sharing the pot with players who hold poorer cards.

In early position, you can attempt to isolate players by raising small or no pre-flop raises. If you have Ace-King, you should always raise no matter how many players are in the pot.

When holding Queen-Queen, you should generally limp in to see the flop but be willing to raise in position heads up with this hand against one or two opponents.

As the blinds increase, you should consider bluffing more if more players are still to act. You also need to read your opponents to determine if they are strong or weak. If you are up against an opponent who calls a raise with Queen-King, it is usually safe to make a moderate bet on the flop. A bet of 4 or 5 times the blinds would be common. Against weaker opponents, you can determine if they have over cards by looking at their chip stack.

Ace-King is a hand that is most often over cards. Therefore, when you have raised with Ace-King, you should have been re-raised, which will indicate that your opponents have over cards. Against weaker opponents, you can determine if they have under cards by looking at their chip stack.

To play Ace-King pre-flop, make a continuation bet about three to four times the big blind.

When you hit the flop, you should bet out about three quarters of the pot and wait for a call or a raise. If another player bets out, you should call them, unless you are very strong. If you have Ace-King and the flop is Ace-King-Jack, you should make a continuation bet about three quarters of the pot.

Most players will check raise with Ace-King in early position. If you check, you can see what the opponents do. If no one bets, you can follow with a bet on the flop. Against a tight player, you can check and see a free card. If someone bets, you should call. Against an opponent who knows what they are doing, you can re-raise.

Middle position usually begins at or after the button. In middle position, you are in better position to play Ace-King optimally. Most players will check to you in the blinds and, if you check, you can see what the opponents do. Against tighter players, you can just raise. Against players who are more aggressive, you should raise three times the blinds, or about half to two third of the blinds.

In late position, you can open up Ace-King to a wider range of hands, particularly against more aggressive opponents. When you are in late position, you can raise with Ace-King to try and isolate the hand between you and your opponent. If your opponent calls the raise, you should find a spot to move all in. You are hoping that your Ace-King will be better than your opponent’s King-Eight. If your Ace-King is better, you are hoping your opponent’s Ace-King will be better, and you can push them out of the hand.

Ace-King is at its best when you are protecting King-Eight. When the flop comes Ace-King-Eight, you want to make a continuation bet, and see if your opponent bets. You then need to decide if you want to protect the hand with a call or an all-in move. If your opponent bets, you are willing to call, so you can get heads up in the hand. If your opponent takes the lead, you need to take a look at the situation and decide if you want to take the risk of calling and protecting the hand, or folding your hand and waiting for a better opportunity.

Rafted into action, you will find that Ace-King-Queen and Ace-King-Jack are your best cards against almost any hand. Before you take the lead, you want to choose your starting hands very carefully. Your mindset should be that of a tight player, who is most often found Wait’ing With King Feeling Extra Favored. You are looking to act behind him only with favorable cards pre-flop, or if you have raised with your Ace-King and are Now in Position. Either way, you are making this play after the flop when you are behind him and no one else has acted behind him, which gives you the greatest chance to isolate the hand for a raise.

Please note that even though you are playing 7meter, you are not tight in the first instance, and you are not weak.