It does not matter if you play among friends or in an online poker game room such as 888Poker, most players don’t know how to play a hand with an Ace. It goes without saying, that if you get two Aces it is a different story, but this happens very seldom.
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A/K: it is extremely difficult to play well this kind of hand. It is like having two jacks – meaning it can turn out to be a weakness or a strength.
If you get such a hand in a tournament, it is usually a good idea to bet all the fiches. It is not a complete hand, on its own it has a very low value, but if it goes into flop, it becomes a monster and will allow you to win many many fiches.
A/Q: this kind of hand has a high level of power, unless it has to deal with other strong hands, in that case it is not so hot. Therefore, with this kind of hand it is best to play a weak game that will allow you to follow what the other players are doing. Then you decide if to double or call it, but be ready to stand down, if the situation gets critical for you. The main thing is do not get over confident with this hand.
A/J or 10: this hand looks strong, but actually it is not, really.
Moreover, if you had weak hands and this comes along, you might think this is it! The important thing here is to control the jackpot, in this kind of hand it is important to be couscous in your decisions, since if you get head to head with another strong hand, well, you may find yourself out.
A/6-9: unless you have enough fiches or are about to get kicked out of the game, this is quite a weak hand. And unless you score an Ace with the flop, there is a very high chance for you to lose; and even if you score with an Ace, there are high probabilities that someone else might have a higher kicker. Therefore, try to avoid these kinds of hands, especially if you are a new advanced rummy player.
A/2-5: unless you have in mind to do a full house, these kinds of hands are mostly worthless. Even in the case that on the table will come up an Ace, someone else will have a higher kicker with an Ace, which means that you will lose.
Suited Ace: if you get served a “suited ace” (that is an Ace with a card with the same card suit), try to look for a good flop bargain. If you center a color, which probability to come out is about 2%, you will win; otherwise it is best to fold.
This is a weak hand, unless you go for a color hand.
In conclusion, playing hands with an Ace are quite difficult; but it is also part of the beauty of the game – if it was easy, everyone would win.
Where is the fun in that? Play online poker to keep practicing you Ace game, you will become a winner.