Aces will always be a winning hand for you in the long run as it is obviously the
best starting hand you can have, but how do you maximize your winnings?
The general rule of thumb is to raise your aces in every situation pre-flop. Whether
you are first in the pot or are facing a 3Bet or even a 4Bet as getting tricky with
this hand can only get you in plenty of trouble. By limping or calling a raise you
are letting in random hands and could lose total control of the hand.
FIRST TO RAISE
If you are the first player in the pot you should raise your A-A 100% of the time
with no questions asked! You don’t really want to be in a pot with more than 2 other
players so making a standard 3BB or more raise will often fold out enough players.
Your raise size should differ slightly depending on your position. If you are in
early position then raising 4BBs would be a better idea as you have more players
to act behind you. The later the position the smaller you can raise as you have fewer
players still to act. For example, in the cut-off a 3BB raise is fine. Some people
even go 2BBs or 2.5BBs.
FACING A RAISE
If you are facing a raise then you should always look to re-raise as standard. The
typical opening raise would be to 3BBs so you should look to make the re-raise three
times the original raise in position or four times the original raise out of position.
fold, MP raises to $1.50, fold, Hero raises to $4.50, fold, fold, fold
This ensures that players still to act don’t get priced in with random hands. It
also helps you to build a pot pre-flop with the best hand. The only reason we make
it an extra BB out of position is because we need to try to make it as hard as possible
for our opponent to play comfortably.
FACING A RE-RAISE
If we are facing a re-raise then our hand is very easy to play. It’s likely your
opponent has a hand big enough to commit with so we can re-raise all-in and be very
happy about it.
Never open limp with A-A
Make a 4BB open raise in early position and a 3BB raise in late position
When facing a raise you should always re-raise. 3 times the raise if you are in position,
4 times if you are out of position
If we are facing a re-raise you should look to get your chips in there and then and
feel happy about it