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Texas Holdem – How to Play Two Aces


Seeing pocket aces or pocket rockets (AA), the best possible starting hands cards in Texas Hold’em can bring a smile to the fiercest poker faces. But what really is the best poker strategy to approach your AA with? Many experts would suggest showing aggression all the way, especially if you are on a table with 4 or more players. But there may be the adventurous players who might like to slow play them.

Raise if you have position

It is best to consider the number of players on the table and your position before you decide how to play two aces. If there are more than 5 players on the table and they have a high flop ratio then it is best to raise pre-flop so there aren’t more than three people on the table to see the community. The raise should be such that the pot gets inflated. The more people sit in and limp, the more are the chances of you bursting your aces.

Slow play on a small table

On the other hand, if it is a heads up or 3-4 player online poker table, then it might be a good way to approach them slowly. In this condition you can wait to see the flop before going for the raise. Pocket aces can be a great opportunity to milk in players especially if someone hits a high pair on the flop. But when slow playing, don’t wait till the turn to raise because you don’t want too many people at showdown.

When Played at Adda52

In the Daily 1K final on 6th March at Adda52, Player playtowin was faced with a similar dilemma when he saw two aces as his poker hole cards. In the four player online poker game with blinds at 15/30, Player playtowin was second to act and also the chip leader when he saw Ace of clubs and Ace of hearts as his cards. He did the logical thing and made a rational raise of three times big blind. Both the small blind and big blind folded with 4d, 5d and 2d, 5h. It was DHIRAJ in early position who called with Qc and 9C.

The flop read the following: 4s, 8d, As, thus giving playtowin three of a kind and an undisputed lead in the heads up. The rainbow flop didn’t do anything for DHIRAJ. Now playtowin slow played them and checked, DHIRAJ with a simple Ace high also checked. The turn was 8s and saw another check from both players while playtowin had hit a full boat.  The river was 4h and didn’t mean anything for either player. DHIRAJ, with two pairs on the table and a Q kicker was first to act and checked sensibility. Now playtowin took lead and raised 150 which was 75% of the 225 pot. Not sensing trouble, DHIRAJ called and saw the full house and thus made playtowin richer.

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