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The main idea of the aforementioned is that A, K is the best hand to be played after the flop. After you see the flop, you need to make the right decisions in order to change the odds in your favour. Before the flop, you have already defined the range of your opponent. Now you need to narrow the range and play accordingly. Using your assumptions about your opponent’s range, you can calculate your outs and your chances of winning the pot as well as the probability of winning the pot by bluffing. It is very easy to play a hand like A, K after the flop but do not let this hand to mislead you and to make a wrong decision. Any hand after the flop is to be played based on your experience. The more you play A, K hand before the flop, the better you become at reading your opponents and making more profit when you have such a hand. You will understand better the strength and weaknesses of this hand and then you’ll be able to act according to your plan and careful consideration, and not based on intuition only. This will enable you to play the hand with a profit much faster than if you stay committed to the intuitive games.

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Weak players play more aggressively before the flop, hoping to recover their losses after the flop by the money they’ll get forcing their opponents to fold during the pre –flop.

Good players try to make profit from both sources: thanks to the aggressive play during the pre-flop against tight aggressive players and thanks to the play after the flop against loose aggressive players.

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A, K is considered one of the best hands in poker. This hand provides you the advantage to get the highest equity in most situations. Bear in mind that you should realize this advantage after the flop, not before. Knowing the flop will allow you to get out with minimum losses, if that is the case.
To call with A, K draw is not a very good idea. It should be applied only in the following situations:

  1. If you want to lure your opponent into a trap with absolute nuts.
  2. When you feel that your opponent is bluffing but there is a chance that he has a better hand. In this case, the most important thing is to control the pot.
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When playing draws in a multi –pot, you should know that the most important thing is the strength of your hand. For instance, a nut flush draw will be much better than a straight draw with an useless end. Of course, this is not a big secret. In other words, if your opponent also has a draw hand, the strength of your draw should be of primary concern in decision making (in previously described situations you were supposed first to consider the type of your opponent, not your own hand). In case you have a relatively weak draw such as a flush draw without an Ace, you should try to get rid of those opponents who also have draw hands. On the other hand, with a better draw hand such as nut flush draw, you don’t care whether your opponents with flush draw will call. In this situation to call would be more profitable than to raise since in case the player who acts after you raises, you can easily call and if the rest of the players did the same, that significantly will increase your odds.

Summary: In a multi pot you should raise with weak draws and call with strong draw combinations.