AQ - Cursed?

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AQ - Cursed?

Postby Alicibuse » Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:26 am

Whenever I see this hand, I cringe.  Probability wise, it's a great hand.  Not many will beat it.  But I can't tell you how many times I've played AQ, only to see a King in the flop, and no help for me.

Worst is when you end up playing against AK with it.  You'll have better luck eating a brick than winning a pot with this hand.  It's cursed I tell you CURSED!

[Original title: Ace Queen. The subject was changed so the article could be included in the Strategy Archive. - Note by danadolf]
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Postby Ouseetteled » Sat Nov 19, 2005 1:12 am

I only like to bet this hand aggressively if it's suited.
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Postby Wilisting » Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:21 pm

I have found myself ALL in against AK too many times. I no AK only wins about 1/3 of the time. I havent looked at the odds but my guess is AQ holds about 25-27%. You really have to work your pot odds with this hand.

Phil Ivey has lost at least three WPT tourneys with AQ.. I am with Phil. The hand is nothing but trouble yet it lures you in and sucks your chips out..I always feel compelled to play it.
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Postby Whings » Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:44 pm

The hand is nothing but trouble, except when your holding pocket K's and get beat on the river with that pesky ace. Yes, I'm bitter.
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Postby Hayees84 » Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:53 pm

AQ is not a monster hand , neither AK ... they are only good hands
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Postby Bable1991 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:41 pm

I go very often all-in with this hand. Is my favorite Hand.
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Postby Eivernesse » Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:47 pm

I've always had good luck with this hand.  I think if you play it like you've hit a pair of queens, but with a low kicker you can beat a lot of people.  Once that king comes out though, GET OUT of the hand.
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Postby Ousce1987 » Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:39 pm

a q is just another hand that you are stuck with. Its not a monster yet its not a weak nor is it in the middle with drawing possibilites. It is just ace queen thats pretty much it. It has some str8 draw possibilites but besides that you really got to just hope the ace hits and no1 has a better kicker or even 2 pair with a rag card
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Postby Shateriere » Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:04 pm

AQ isn't too bad. A  lot beter than playing pocket jacks or AJ. All are strong though, i'll take any of those, any  hand. it's just  a powerful hand, you'll prob win.
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Postby Hond1976 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:30 pm

I think A Q is not one of the best hands. Any pair above 6 is preferable to AQ. And if you play this hand at the flop going all-in you may lose a lot :wink:
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Postby Wifecing » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:40 pm

i go 4x bb
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Postby Theinglee1968 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:35 pm

i find this hand hard to play also
sometimes i just fold it and okthers i raise but i never just call with it
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Postby Drinnera » Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:41 pm

ace queen is a border line starting hand it can be great but it can screw you also.but it is nice to see the flop with
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Postby Andest » Sat May 06, 2006 7:02 pm

aq is a good hand but not good enough...if it's suited i play it agressive
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Postby Withing » Sat May 06, 2006 7:43 pm

AQ suited or unsuited can be a good hand. But it can also be a tourney killer if you over bet it and get caught buy an unfriendly flop.  Best bet is to try and see the flop as cheap as possible. However, if you already have too many hands in the pot make a raise to reduce your field of callers and chasers preflop, so that the bet is at least 3 times the blind to see it, then only your real competition is likely to follow. If the flop is weak, make a moderate bet nothing that will put you all in(pockets may hit for another player). If its a good flop watch out for straights and flushes and you should be good. And finally if your gut isnt in it get away from the hand. as they say, Luck favors the backbone not the wish bone.

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