No Limit Cash Games: Pocket Kings

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No Limit Cash Games: Pocket Kings

Having already discussed how to handle pocket queens we now turn to pocket kings. Essentially, when we are dealt KK we should really be treating the hand as if it is the strongest at the table. Of course there will be times when someone else wakes up with aces, but this happens so rarely that we should nevertheless treat kings as the best hand and play accordingly.

The correct strategy is to bet aggressively pre-flop, which means both raising and reraising. The point is to engineer the ideal situation of a single caller with a juicy pot. Failing to thin out the field pre-flop tends to result in letting in too many opponents. We know that people like to stick with weak aces, so when a flop brings an ace we are already doubting our hand. Moreover, even when no ace appears on the flop it can be a nightmare as any kind of co-ordination (even flush draws we don’t have a piece of) puts us in a position where, on the one hand we can’t afford to give free cards, while on the other we are putting our faith in what is effectively a vulnerable overpair. Note that as opponents increase, and with all sorts of problem textures, we are also susceptible to being bluffed when the board becomes too intimidating. Basically, the first, key part of playing kings is trying to avoid dangerous, multi-player pots.

With lone opponents our prospects improve dramatically. With the obvious exception of aces, we are going to be dominating those hands that opponents are likely to be staying in contention with, such as QQ (around 80% favourite) or AQ (70%). Note that here, with a single opponent, we don’t have to be anywhere near as concerned about the appearance of an ace on the flop as the range of plausible calling hands – from every pair to suited connectors – is so wide. Consequently we must remain consistent in our aggression by making a continuation bet, which apart from making a claim for the pot, also serves to help establish where we are in the hand.

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington (AngusD)

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2 Comments

pokerbanter · August 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I Love KK, in fact it’s my 2nd favourite hand behind AA 🙂 Play it strong and even if an A comes on the board you should still stick out a continuation bet as you will already have represented a strong hand pre-flop and you’re opponent who has called with a weak Ace may well just fold even though they are ahead.:)

cottenbear45 · August 13, 2011 at 7:58 am

Bet…bet high…bet again….3 bet..
what i do not like is trying to trap with Pocket kings.
Bet high preflop otherwise players with marginal hand will call and suck out on you, happens again and again.

life is a game – i`m all in
cottenbear45

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