pawppy wrote:it is a monster hand but you also must know how to play it... and it doesn't mean it's unbeatable.. i play it all ways but usually it's with raise preflop
It's definitely a hand you want to raise with pre-flop, regardless of your position at the table. I also agree that's it's a very beatable hand, but you have a high EV with it if you hit an A or K on the flop.
I've even read an article (from some pro at CardPlayer) that said you should go all-in pre-flop every time you have A K. The reason they said this is because you want to see all 5 community cards (to catch an A or K) plus you have a hand with great showdown value if you miss the board completely. In other words, if you miss the flop completely, and so does your opponent (if they had A Q for example), you'll most likely win with A K.