Is it ever the right move to fold Aces?

I need some advise from players as this one always stumps me. Is it ever right to fold Aces pre-flop to an all-in? Say you're SB and near the money in a big mtt and 1-3 people have gone all-in ahead of you. Does it make sense to fold and make sure you end up in the money? Or is it smartest to call knowing you have hte best starting hand and should hopefully come out with triple or quadruple the amount of chips you had?

 


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ExOnlinePro
ExOnlinePro Silver 1
4133d ago

I would call every time I think, your biggest fear would be 67 suited or something like that, in those situations, the pocket pairs you should be beating and Ax you should be dominating :)

PF_pitboss
PF_pitboss Platinum 3
4133d ago

It depends if you play for the money or play according to EV.  If you play purely for surviving or reaching the money, there will be times when folding the best hand is a wise move, but if you are a long term pro player, you should play every hand if you have a distinct edge.  And Aces are teh biggest edge you will ever have.

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Posted by ExOnlinePro on 07/03/2010 3:57AM [ Reply ]

Correct but in a 4-5 way pot, 67 suited has a higher chance to win than AA so in that case while yes you have pot odds, you might not have the "best" hand... I guess that´s what he was going for.

PF_Mark
PF_Mark Bronze 3
4132d ago

I agree I would play it every time. You can't fold when you know you're getting your money in ahead. If the Poker gods descide to make you lose that's part of being a poker player. But I don't think you can fold their unless obviously you're so worried about making the money....which would have probably hindered your poker playing the whole tournament cause you were outside your comfort zone.

 

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Posted by ExOnlinePro on 07/04/2010 5:37PM [ Reply ]

But that is exactly what happens to a lot of players, who either put too much money towards a seat, or wins it via satellites etc...

SmokeDaAces
SmokeDaAces Silver 2
4131d ago

yeah I guess you guys are right...I focus too much on just making the money I think. Maybe that's what holds me back from taking my poker game to the next level and becoming a millionaire. Oh man that would be a dream come true :P

ICalledWithJunk

It all depend how many players are involved and what is at stakes. I mean if there is like 3-4 players all-in already of course I could bust them all at once but I could easily be sucked out too so if I am almost guaranteed to be in the money and with a decent stack its no big deal to fold. But I must agree, its a tough hand to lay down

PF_Mark
PF_Mark Bronze 3
4130d ago

All-in baby! Go for gold (1st place) not just trying to make hte money...that's not what poker is about unless obviously the EV is there to fold. But in most cases this isn't the case. The only time it might be smart to fold is if there's 10 tokens to a big tournament of all the same value. 11 people left and 2 or more people are already all-in. Then I would fold. Otherwise I'm all-in trying to win as many chips as I can.

 

SmokeDaAces
SmokeDaAces Silver 2
4128d ago

I start of the day being dealt AA on one of my cash tables...I raise and all of a sudden another player pushes...I think great a double up my first hand. This is gonna be a nice day. I call he flips over 10-10. Sadly a damn 10 comes on the flop. Oh how these guys get so lucky is sometimes amazing.

PF_pitboss
PF_pitboss Platinum 3
4128d ago

Always focus on making the proper EV play in every hand and in the end you will be rewarded. 

nailedanother1

Personally i like to always raise with AA.  I have been screwed too many times just calling and then losing to something not even worthy of being in the hand so i raise to get all the guppies out the pot.  If one or two people call, great.  After that i might just start calling seeing if i can get them to bet.  

kostas0918
kostas0918 Gold 2
4058d ago

Always pre-flop you are betting AA 3 times/broke.With one opponent your chances for win is 82%.With 2-3 opponents reduces approximately at 50%.But still is 50%! Post-flop it is another thing of course.


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