Howard Lederer

Playing the same hand position is a little easier, but it’s still hard. As the blinds are low in a deep stack tournament, I usually want to see flops against players who overplay with top pair / top kicker. When I have position, I am pleased to see a raise with something like a couple small, 56s or even 8Ts. Seeking a big hand I flop a good project. If flopeo a set, I have a good chance to pluck the guy with top pair. If flopeo a project, I have the opportunity to see if my opponent gives me a good price to get my hand. The good of hands as 56s or 8Ts suites is that there is no way I’m going to get in trouble with them. If something flopeo less than two pair or a good project, foldeare losing very little.

I think there are two main reasons why many players overvalue AK. The first is that in tournaments online, where the stacks are relatively low, AK is a hand that should play aggressively. The winning players playing online satellites do that Ace-King and reach deep stack tournaments feeling comfortable with this starting hand. The second reason is that many people have seen the television commentators talking about the Big Slick, calling him a gran hand. In a final table of six, AK is really a great hand, but as has been said Howard Lederer, you must realize that the strategy in a short-handed final table is very different from a tournament at an early stage .

When playing deep stacked tables learn to play AK carefully. The professionals do not like the box with the left hand and you would do well by following his example.