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扑克 Playing Pocket Rockets

The Texas Holdem poker dream starting hand is two aces.  Pocket rockets, two bullets, whatever your nickname for them, having two Aces as your two hole cards is the best Texas Holdem poker hand you can have.



In Texas Holdem they are supposed to show once in every 220 hands.  Those are the official odds, but obviously some players are luckier than others.  The big question in Texas Holdem poker is how to play them?



Some players when playing No Limit Holdem make the mistake of going all-in when they get pocket aces.  Did they do the right thing?  Let’s see what could happen.  If everyone folds after your all-in bet you miss out on a great chance to win a big pot.  Your Aces are the best hand and you want to get the most out of them, but by going all-in you very often miss that chance.



If everyone folds there will be very little money that you pick up from your great hand.  Another thing that can happen when you go all-in with pocket Aces is that you get called and lose.  I know it is not supposed to be that likely, but I can’t tell you how many times I have seen it happen. If you do get drawn out on, then all of your money is gone and you are out of the game.  That is a pretty big downside to going all-in with pocket Aces.



What are some other options for you besides the all-in? If you have the Aces in early position you definitely want to raise the pot.  You are probably only going to get calls from pairs which you already have beat and perhaps hands like AK, AQ, AJ, or A10.  Those hands you have a big advantage on and want the call.  You probably won’t see many of those hands though since you already hold two of the aces.



The more likely hands you can put your opponent on are pairs or possibly suited connectors if you run into a loose player.  When you have Aces you want people to call and to re-raise you.  When you are in middle or late position you want even more action.  Remember that position is still the key even when you have the best starting hand when playing Texas Holdem poker.



Another option is just to call when you have Aces.  I don’t like this option because it lets everyone with crap hands into the pot and they will try to outdraw you.  If someone wants to go against your Aces, make them pay a price to do so.  You do want callers, but you don’t want the garbage hands that turn into potential disasters for you when they hit the flop.  Pairs are much better for you than the possible straight and flush draws.  Most of these tips are for when you play No-Limit Texas Holdem.



In Limit Holdem your play is a little bit different.  You still want people to call and to re-raise you, but you have to be more careful on the turn and on the river because some people will just call with anything trying to draw to something.  That can be dangerous to you, even though you started with the best hand.  Aces are not nearly as powerful in Limit Holdem as they are in No-Limit.

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