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Jonathan Little on Getting Your Chips in With Premium Hands

Jonathan Little


  • More on how to play premium hands: @JonathanLittle analyzes playing pocket kings at the WSOP.

  • When fortunate enough to get aces or kings, you want to do everything in your power to get all in.

Whenever you are fortunate enough to be dealt {A-}{A-} or {K-}{K-}, you want to do everything in your power to get all in — in a way that makes your opponents think you don’t have a premium hand.

But sometimes it won’t work out!

Take a look at this hand I played in a $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event from last summer’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

The hand came early in the tournament during the very first level. As you’ll see, a short-stacked player opens with an especially large raise preflop (5x the big blind), another calls, then another reraises over that before it gets to me in the big blind with {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}.

How would you play such a situation, knowing that you absolutely want to get your chips in with pocket kings? Take a look and see how I played the hand:

How would you have played this hand? Let me know in a comment below.

Jonathan Little is a professional poker player and author with over $6,200,000 in live tournament earnings. He writes a weekly educational blog and hosts a podcast at You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanLittle.

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