Optimizing Ace King: The Right Strategy For Playing Poker’s Most Complex Starting Hand
Ace King is a massively profitable hand. In fact, it’s in the top-5% of winning hands, and Ace King should account for a good chunk of your winrate.
But despite that fact, many players are confused about how to approach this hand.
- Should you 3bet it preflop, or just call it?
- Should you play the suited and offsuit versions the same, or differently?
- Should you c-bet with air, or check instead?
- How many streets of value is top pair really worth?
Most players struggle with AK due to small leaks in their strategy. So Optimizing Ace King (OAK) doesn’t just give you a bunch of memorized plays and tactics. Instead, OAK shows you how AK fits within your strategy and ranges.
This prepares you for playing AK, among other hands, in a variety of spots and under a variety of conditions.
James “SplitSuit” Sweeney and Adam “W34Z3L” Jones co-wrote this book to take an in-depth look at poker strategy through the lens of a single hand. Concepts include:
- GTO vs. Exploitative Play
- Deducing lines from GTO solver output
- And more…
You will play Ace King 99.9% of the time you are dealt it, and since it makes up such a large chunk of your winrate, even modest improvements in your strategic approach can boost your bottom line.
Each chapter builds upon the last, walking you through preflop play, flop play (when you hit, miss, and flop draws), and turn + river play. Plus, there is an entire chapter full of examples to help bring the concepts to life – and a chapter dedicated strictly to tournament players.
If your winrate with AK could use a boost, invest a few chips and see the ROI in no time at all!
James “SplitSuit” Sweeney began playing poker in 2004. What started as small dorm games and PartyPoker SNGs eventually turned into high-volume grinding. After college James moved out to Las Vegas and was well-positioned to continue playing after Black Friday hit.
Sweeney also began taking students through that time. Over the years he has worked with more than 500 students ranging from casual live players to serious online grinders. His books are heavily inspired by working with students and understanding how to give simple answers to complex questions.
Sweeney’s resume doesn’t end on the felt. He also co-founded the training site Red Chip Poker and started their top-rated podcast to help players learn deep strategy. He manages ThePokerBank’s YouTube channel which contains hundreds of free training videos and has over 3,600,000 views. And Sweeney has created some of the finest poker training courses including The Hand Reading Lab.