888poker XL Blizzard
New poker experience at 888poker

Join now to get $88 FREE (no deposit needed)

Join now
Double your first deposit up to $400

New players can use bonus code 'STARS400'

Join now
partypoker Cashback

Get up to 40% back every week!

Join now
€200 progressive bonus

+ a FREE Unibet Open Qualifier ticket

Join now

How to Play Pocket Aces Multi-Way on a Scary Board

How to Play Pocket Aces Multi-Way on a Scary Board
  • Getting dealt pocket aces is great, but in some postflop spots they turn into a marginal made hand.

  • @JonathanLittle analyzes a tournament hand in which his pocket aces suddenly seem vulnerable.

We return once more to the same $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament from which the last few hands have come, this time to look at a hand in which I was lucky enough to be dealt pocket aces, but end up facing multiple opponents and an uncomfortably coordinated board.

It's still early, with the blinds 100/200 with a 25 ante and the effective stacks around 20,000. Sitting in the hijack seat I am dealt {A-Hearts}{A-Spades} where I open for 500, and three players call — the button (a tricky, aggressive player), the small blind (a straightforward player), and the big blind (another straightforward player).

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} — not too nice for my aces — and when it checked to me I checked as well. The button also checked, then the turn brought the {5-Spades}, an even meaner-looking card for me.

The small blind led for 1,200 (about two-thirds pot), the big blind called, and the action was on me. See what I did and the reasoning behind it:

As this hand shows, it is often wise to play your marginal made hands in a cautious manner. When the turn almost certainly improves your opponents' ranges, you should be quick to release your marginal made hands — even if they are as strong as {A-}{A-}.

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,300,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at JonathanLittlePoker.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

Photo: "Pocket Rockets," Poker Photos, CC BY 2.0.

Have you ever wanted to write your own articles about poker? Maybe you've got some experiences or opinions about poker that you'd like to share. PokerNews is proud to launch The PN Blog where you can have a platform to make your voice heard. Learn more here.

Other Stories

What do you think?