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How to play AK?

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In this lesson we learn how to play AK post-flop. A hand like Ak should be a very easy 3bet for value pre-flop or an easy raise, with our tier 1 hand.

 

Post flop one of two things can happen:

1) We flop top pair top kicker which happens once in every three flops. When this happens we have an easy value bet to make or we can check to try and get value on later streets.

2) We miss the flop and have to evaluate if we have the best hand or if we should bluff. We must remember when bluffing that we have a 25% to hit top pair by the river and that this will be disguised. Not all board textures are equal when determining to cbet or not, we generally want to cbet on boards that do not hit our opponents range and consider giving up if it hits thier range hard.

Flops that do not hit our opponents range well are flops like:

558    j72    q83

These flops have few possible draws and limited ways to make strong hands like top pair.

 

However some flops will hit our opponent's pre-flop calling range hard, like:

9105    478    457

On these flops there are many draws and smash a suited connector calling range, our opponents are very likely to have flopped a really strong hand like two pair or a straight or a combo draw. On these board textures it is therefore prudent not to cbet often and save our money for a better spot.

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