My Biggest Leak: Pocket Aces
I was looking through my PokerTracker 3 database, and it seems like my biggest leak is pocket Aces. Yes, I’ve only had just over a thousand hands, and that is far from a solid sample size. But after being dealt Pocket Aces 10 times, and winning 6 of those 10 times, I’m down by an average of 6.20 BB per hand.
Let’s take a closer look at those 10 hands and see where I’ve gone wrong. Out of the 6 times I won, three of them were pre-flop steals, and only one went to a show down. That one hand was when the short stack went all-in on the flop, and I called. He showed a pair of Tens, and my Aces held up. All in all, though, my winnings with Aces have all been small pots.
The losses, however, have all gone to a show down and all been relatively big pots. Only once did I manage to get all the chips in pre-flop (which I lost against a short stack with pocket 3s, when a 3 hit the river). I’ll analyze the other 3 hands in detail over the next few weeks, but in general, I do feel a little hard done by. Twice I got all the chips in the pot, made the right read that I was ahead, and ended up losing on the river. The third hand was one in which I probably should have played more aggressively. I’ll share these hands soon, and we’ll see what you think.
But first, I just thought I’d throw the question out there – how do you play pocket Aces? I’ve read that they’re good for winning small pots, but tend to not win too many large pots. My experience so far has seemed to back this up. But what do you think? Do you agree?