Why Fold Pocket Aces

As a poker player just starting out, you would soon learn how valuable pocket aces could be. In fact, many players see that hand as so valuable, that they do not know how to fold pocket aces. Sure, it is the best starting hand in Texas Hold’em, but still – there are plenty of times where the hand should be folded.

It all comes down to a simple poker strategy that says to fold when you know you are beat. Pocket AA is not unbeatable, and the only time you can be sure that you have the best hand with pocket aces would be before the flop. You have the best odds when you are holding pocket aces. Still, if you are up against 3 or more players after the flop your odds of winning the hand have dropped drastically. The more players that are in the hand with you, the less valuable pocket aces will be. There are going to be plenty of circumstances where your pocket aces will get run down later on in the hand. That is the number one place that folding is the right thing to do. Take a look at a couple of good examples of times that you should fold pocket aces.

When to Fold Pocket Aces - Pocket AA

As indicated above, you should fold pocket aces when you believe that your opponent has your hand beat.

Situation where you should fold Pocket Aces:
Your hand: A-A
Opponents: 4
Board: K(s) K(h) Q(s)

For the sake of this example, pretend that you played your hand the right way before the flop. If you were playing pocket aces the right way, you would have raised and received as much money in the pot as possible. In this example you raised a decent size, and you had 4 callers in a relatively loose game.

The first thing you have to do before thinking about your hand is to think about your opponents hands. You should be asking yourself after each opponent calls your hand, what hand could they have? You have to put each opponent on a range of different hands. You are a strong player and you do not mess around. A big bet from you means that you have a big hand. So what kind of hands would you put your opponents on?

Well, it depends on your opponents but generally: AK, AQ, KK, QQ, JJ, KQ, Etc.

Looking at the flop, you can see that one of your 4 opponents had to hit hard on that board. Somebody has at least 1 king in their hand which is leaving you with 2 outs if you are lucky. This is where you have to fold your pocket aces, and except the fact that the hand doesn’t win every single time. Sometimes the board hits all wrong. The difference between a discipline player and an average player is that the discipline player will let go of his pocket aces. Playing that hand all the way through is nothing but a big mistake.


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