Texas Holdem Strategy – Pocket Ace King Suited

Texas Holdem Strategy - Pocket Ace King Suited

Assume that you are in a Poker Tournament, and you are sitting at a 10-player table, where seats number 6 and number 7 are the Small Blind and Big Blind respectively.  You are at seat number 8, and you have been dealt an Ace of Diamonds and a King od Diamonds (that is, Ace-King Suited), and it is your turn to bet, with 7 others to follow.  Should you fold your hand, call the 800 chip Big Blind, or raise your bet to some unspecified level?

First of all, you should recognize that Ace-King Suited is a strong hand, but not the very best.  On the depth chart, it is the 3rd ranking hand of the possible 169 hands that you could have been dealt, and statistically provides you with a 68.6 % chance of winning the hand.  So, although this is a very strong hand, we do not suggest that you go All-In at this point, but of course, you should not fold either.  Hence, it would be prudent to respond somewhere in between an All-In and a fold. An Ace-King Suited pocket hand gives you the capability of an Ace-high flush or an Ace-high straight.  Additionally, there is a chance for a top pair, with either your Ace or King, with a very high kicker card, in either case.

So, although the aforementioned scenarios may not materialize, it would be prudent to raise your bet, so that you discourage some of the weaker hands from staying in the game.  If you do not obtain a flush or a straight (the odds are against this happening), you will need to pair up your Ace or King to win the hand.  If you do not hit a flush, straight, or pair, you certainly would not have wanted to blow your entire chip stack; hence, a raise to 1,300 chips seems to be an appropriate calculated move.  If no one betting after you raises, then at least you can see the flop before committing any

additional chips.  However, if you do get raised in this situation, you will be faced with the decision of either having to fold (and lose the 1,300 chips) or calling the raise, which in turn, may jeopardize your chip stack and your tournament chances.