Dear Mark: I believe that adjoining pairs in Hold’em are usually of equal value, and that holds true with Kings versus Aces. Do you concur? Ted C.
Often, I’ve heard many a player like yourself proclaim that Aces and Kings are the ultimate starter hands in Hold’em, but I believe Kings are nowhere near as profitable as Aces.
I will agree that the difference is slight between smaller adjacent pairs, such as fives versus fours, but there is a very large gap between Aces and Kings in terms of profit when played correctly. Holding Aces before the flop belongs in a category all by itself.
With an A-A starter hand, you can expect to win 31% of the time. AND, if you average all the possible playing scenarios, you can figure Aces to be worth at least 40 percent more than Kings. But what I find that really makes the difference, is that when you consider actual betting strategy, Aces are much more likely to gain those extra bets, especially in a full-handed game with a bulk of the players staying to the river.
Trust this truism, Ted: Kings can do no wrong – until they run into a pair of Aces.
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