Sunday, February 8, 2009
Poker pearl #18
Should you sometimes limp in with pocket aces or should you always raise? That's a common question and Ed Miller addresses it in the Feb. 11 edition of Card Player Magazine.
(See my scan of the cover of that issue of the magazine shown to the right or you can go to their web site if you click here.)
"Aces are a potent weapon. When you get aces, attack. Bet them. Get value from players with top pair and draws. You'll be surprised at how much you can win with them, even if you don't hit a set.
"If you're a good player with an edge on your opponents, you're almost always better off raising preflop than limping in. Although there are theoretical trade-offs for either decision, in most games, you'll do better by raising simply because you're building bigger pots. Bigger pots mean more money out there to win. I think the balancing considerations just don't matter enough to change it up. Build yourself some nice pots, and the money will come your way."