Thursday, August 2, 2007
Which top/top do you want with Big Slick?
Some people love AK and some people hate it. The big selling point is that if you pair either card, you have top pair/top kicker...but which TPTK do you want? If I had my choice, I'd take flopping a King every time. Why? Because people have funny notions about collecting Aces. For some players, any Ace is worth holding onto regardless of kicker. Then there is the Ax suited contingent who are always looking for the nut flush draw or even better, flopping the flush (and getting action of course!). All that adds up to a bunch of two pairs that are lurking out to bite you and your TPTK. I was in a tourney once and raise it up the standard 3xBB. Get three callers. Flop comes out Ace high. I'm relatively short stacked and making a pot sized bet would pot commit me anyway so I shoved. Two callers and a begrudging fold. Turn brings a Seven and the guy downstream of me pushes, called. We three are now all in. Guy to my left shows A7, he called my all in with A7(!) and turned two pair. The third guy flopped top two with his AT and was in the driver's seat heading to the river. I make a comment about getting MY two pair but it bricks and I rebuy after getting felted. Yep. Flop me a King and I have a lot less to worry about since players are less likely to play King/trash and the threat of random two pair minefields is diminished.