Dominik Nitsche on Entering Tournaments Late, and the Three Ways to Play Ace-King

Dominik Nitsche

The European Poker Tour Prague festival is well underway, the third stop of the 12th season of the EPT. Yesterday Steve O’Dwyer took down yet another high roller event by winning the €50,000 Super High Roller. Meanwhile today the second Day 1 flight of the €5,300 Main Event is playing out, as is the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller.

Speaking of high rollers, 888poker Pro Dominik Nitsche took part in that €50K Super High Roller earlier in the week, and he’s back again today as part of the field in the Single-Day High Roller. The German poker pro recently moved over $5 million in career tournament earnings, with three World Series of Poker bracelets, a World Poker Tour title, and a Latin American Poker Tour title among his many triumphs.

Our Sarah Herring had a chance to talk with Nitsche this week about a few different topics, including the factors influencing his decision to enter the €50K Super High Roller late at the start of Day 2. While doing so meant he’d be relatively short-stacked, as he explains there were advantages as well to jumping in late rather than early.

The pair also chat about Nitsche’s bustout hand from the event when his {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds} failed to hold up after a preflop all-in against Ole Schemion’s pocket jacks. As that hand played out, Nitsche cracked “Ace-king... three ways to play them.” He was alluding to a joke about there being three ways to play pocket jacks — and all three of them are wrong.

In other words, the 888poker Pro doesn’t give us specific tips about playing ace-king here, but do take a look and hear what he says about the pros and cons of late registering tournaments:

Meanwhile, if you are looking for some advice about how to play ace-king, here are three ways you can go:

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  • Dominik Nitsche discusses factors influencing his decision to late register the Super High Roller at EPT Prague.

  • When short-stacked in a tournament, ace-king is a hand with which you typically will want to commit your chips.

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