should you slow play pocket aces?
- ZCTLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
It depends on so many factors:
- Tournament or cash game?
- Home game, casino game or online game?
- Stakes involved.
- Quality of players.
- Your table image.
- Your recent plays.
- Your position.
- Action before and anticipated action after you.
- The size of your stack in relation to others.
There are plenty more factors too. So there is no blanket simple answer that works for all poker games in all situations.
As a general rule you do not want to limp and slow play pocket aces. Aces get weaker the more people join you in the pot. If you limp and encourage five callers, this is very bad for your hand. It only takes one of them to limp with a speculative hand and catch two pair and you are done. Someone may even limp with a lower pocket pair and flop trips, but he may have laid them down in the face of a decent raise.
I think that aces should generally be raised between three and six times the big blind, depending on a variety of important factors. This will narrow the field and give you a better chance of winning.
- 1 decade ago
I usually don't like to slow play Aces. As others have said, there are situations where you should, but for the most part you should not play it slow. Think of slow-playing as a trick to use occasionally to keep your opponents off-balance. If you do it too much it won't be as effective.
My reasoning for not slow-playing is this: suited connectors are very dangerous to aces. hands like T9s or 76s are the kind of hands you DON'T want to play against, because they can make for a lot of big draws that could cost you your whole stack. You DO want to play against small pairs and hands like AK or AQ, because you are a dominating favourite against those hands. As it happens, AK and small pocket pairs are also much more likely to call a raise than small suited connectors. So raise! Your purpose here is to control what kind of hands you play against.
Of course, it depends on the table situation as well - if you don't think anyone will call your raise, you might be better off slowplaying. But not usually.
- peregoryLv 43 years ago
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- 1 decade ago
Definitely.... I always slow play pocket A's... ie- Check before flop. Unless some other dummy gets aggressive before flop---Then I throw all in. I play this way because I like to win big pots. It is no fun if all you win is a couple of blinds with the rockets... But ... You will lose 1 out of every 10 pots that way... Pretty good odds if you ask me..
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- Bill FLv 61 decade ago
In general, absolutely not. You do not normally want to play this hand against multiple opponents, so you usually want to raise to isolate. If someone raises ahead of you who you know you play better than postflop, you can smoothcall his raise if you are confident that nobody else will call ... but a reraise is usually the correct play
- Joey RLv 51 decade ago
Depends on the group of people you are playing with and the amount in the pot.