How to Play Ace Jack Like the Pros

How to Play Ace Jack Like the Pros

One
of
the
hardest
hands
to
play
effectively
in
No
Limit
Hold’em
is
Ace
Jack.

While
it
is
a
very
strong
hand
in
theory,
and
will
be
a
large
long
term
winner
for
you,
it
will
also
often
put
you
in
all
sorts
of
tricky
spots.
You
need
to
know
when
to
bet,
raise
and
most
importantly,
when
to
fold
with
this
hand.
So
here
is
your
complete
guide
on
how
to
play
Ace
Jack
like
the
pros.
Follow
these
simple
tips
to
start
winning
much
more
with
Ace
Jack!


1.
Always
Raise
With
Ace
Jack
First
Into
the
Pot

My
first
Ace
Jack
tip
for
you
is
to
always
raise
if
you
are
the
first
person
to
enter
the
pot
preflop.
Now,
this
is
something
that
I
already
recommend
with
any
hand
that
you
play.
But
it
is
even
more
important
with
a
hand
like
AJ.
Here’s
the
reason
why.
It
is
extremely
important
that
you
grab
the
initiative
right
away
with
Ace
Jack
(if
possible),
so
that
you
give
yourself
two
ways
to
win
the
hand
after
the
flop:

1.
Make
the
best
hand

2.
Bluff
them
out
of
the
pot
Because,
the
problem
when
you
just
limp
into
the
pot
with
a
hand
like
Ace
Jack
is
that
you
force
yourself
to
have
to
make
the
best
hand.
It
is
much
harder
to
bluff
when
you
are
not
the
one
in
control
of
the
hand.
And
since
you
will
only
flop
a
pair
with
Ace
Jack
roughly
1
out
of
3
times,
I
am
sure
that
you
can
already
see
the
problem
here!
So
please
please,
always
remember
to
make
things
as
easy
for
yourself
as
possible
in
poker.
Taking
control
of
the
pot
by
raising
first
in
(with
any
hand,
not
just
Ace
Jack),
is
the
proven
way
to
win
more.
You
can
just
check
your

PokerTracker
database
and
see
for
yourself.

If
you
are
the
first
person
to
enter
the
pot
preflop,
always
raise
with
Ace
Jack,
so
that
you
give
yourself
more
ways
to
win
the
pot.


2.
Ace
Jack
is
a
Great
3-Betting
Hand

Ace
Jack
is
also
an
excellent
hand
to
3bet
with
(re-raise),
before
the
flop.
And
this
is
a
great
way
to
really
take
control
of
the
pot
and
put
a
lot
of
pressure
on
your
opponents.
Now
at
first
this
might
seem
counter-intuitive,
especially
to
many
newer
poker
players.
Why
would
you
want
to
re-raise
with
a
sort
of
good,
but
kinda
mediocre
hand,
like
Ace
Jack?
The
reason
why
is
because
AJ
has
great
card
removal.
What
I
mean
by
this
is
that
it
makes
it
much
less
likely
that
your
opponents
have
a
really
strong
hand
such
as:
  • Ace
    King
  • Ace
    Queen
  • Pocket
    Aces
  • Pocket
    Jacks
And
this
is
because
you
directly
block
these
hands
with
your
own
hand.
So
this
is
why
Ace
Jack
is
a
great
hand
to
3-bet
with
especially
when
you
are
out
of
position
(OOP).
As
I
talk
about
in

Crushing
the
Microstakes,
being
out
of
position
is
a
proven
big
statistical
disadvantage
at
the
poker
table.

And
that
is
why
in
the
book
I
recommend
a
pretty
aggressive
3betting
strategy
when
you
are
OOP.
So
you
will
often
want
to
take
a
decent,
but
not
great
hand,
like
Ace
Jack,
and
re-raise
preflop
with
it
from
the
blinds
in
particular.
This
is
an
especially
effective
play
against
a
loose
and
aggressive
player
who
open
raised
preflop
from
late
position.
Their
range
will
typically
be
very
wide
in
this
spot,
and
so
you
can
re-pop
them
and
often
take
it
down.
Or,
even
if
they
do
call,
you
can
often
take
down
the
pot
with
a
simple
continuation
bet
on
the
flop.
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for
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3.
You
Need
to
Know
When
to
Fold
Ace
Jack

Let’s
face
it,
nobody
likes
to
fold
in
poker.
It
sucks,
you
can’t
win
the
pot
when
you
fold,
yadda
yadda.
But
at
the
the
end
of
the
day,
sometimes
you
absolutely
need
to
fold
in
poker,
especially
versus
a
tight
player
who
is
clearly
telling
you
that
they
have
you
beat.
This
hand
is
a
perfect
example
of
that:
The
line
that
this
tight
nitty
player
takes
throughout
this
hand
is
clearly
indicating
to
us
that
our
trips
are
no
good.

He
almost
certainly
has:
  • Pocket
    2’s
  • Pocket
    6’s
And
therefore,
we
need
to
make
the
tough
fold.
By
the
way,
if
you
have
problems
playing
against
very
tight
nitty
players,
I
have
already
written
a
complete
guide
to
crushing
them
on
my
blog

right
here.


But
the
bottom
line
here
is
this:
When
you
are
being
raised
or
re-raised
by
an
extra
tight
player,
especially
on
the
turn
or
the
river,
which
I
call
the
“big
money
streets,”
you
often
need
to
fold
a
hand
like
Ace
Jack.
This
is
because
Ace
Jack
is
a
prime
cooler
hand
to
be
beaten
by
a
stronger
Ax
hand
like:
  • Ace
    King
  • Ace
    Queen
Or,
some
sort
of
set
like
the
player
in
the
hand
above
undoubtedly
had.


4.
Ace
Jack
is
a
Great
Bluffing
Hand

Ace
Jack
is
an
excellent
hand
to
run
big
bluffs
with.
Now,
if
you
play
poker
in
small
stakes
games,
you
know
that
running
big
bluffs
isn’t
something
that
I
really
recommend.
And
that
is
because
there
are
too
many
calling
stations
in
these
games
that
will
just
call
you
down!
But
as
I
talk
about
in

The
Micro
Stakes
Playbook,
there
are
still
some
great
spots
to
run
big
bluffs
at
the
lower
limits
especially
against
overly
tight
and
fearful
players.


So
for
example:
You
raise
preflop
with
AJ from
the
cutoff
in
a
5c/10c
6max
cash
game
online.
A
tight
nit
(regular)
calls
you
in
the
big
blind.

The
flop
comes:
Q47
Your
opponent
checks.
You
make
a
continuation
bet
(Cbet)
and
your
opponent
calls.

The
turn
comes:
T
Your
opponent
checks
What
should
you
do?
You
should
absolutely
be
betting
here
again,
and
also
bluffing
the
river
as
well
on
certain
cards.
The
reason
why
is
that
our
opponent’s
range
when
he
just
calls
us
preflop
here
is
a
lot
of:
  • Small
    pocket
    pairs
  • Mid
    pocket
    pairs
  • Ace
    high
    hands
  • Broadways
    (KJ,
    QJ
    etc)
Most
of
these
hands
are
still
pretty
weak
by
the
turn,
and
another
bet
puts
incredible
pressure
on
them
to
have
something
really
strong.
And
even
if
we
are
behind,
we
still
have
a
gut-shot
straight
draw
to
the
nuts
if
we
catch
a
King
on
the
river.
Heck,
we
might
even
win
the
hand
with
any
Ace
or
Jack
on
the
river
as
well.
So
this
is
an
excellent
spot
to
run
a
big
bluff
against
a
tight,
predictable
player
at
the
micro
stakes.


How
to
Play
Ace
Jack

Final
Thoughts

So
hopefully
these
4
simple
tips
gave
you
some
strategies
to
start
winning
more
at
the
poker
tables
with
your
Ace
Jack.
The
truth
is
that
Ace
Jack
is
actually
a
pretty
straight
forward
hand
to
play.
You
really
don’t
need
to
study
a
bunch
of

advanced
poker
strategy
in
order
to
start
profiting
more
with
AJ.

You
almost
always
want
to
be
raising
or
re-raising
with
it
preflop,
and
it
is
an
excellent
candidate
to
run
big
bluffs
with
in
the
right
spots,
against
the
right
players,
post-flop.
But
you
also
need
to
know
when
to
back
off
with
Ace
Jack,
because
if
you
decide
to
play
a
big
pot
with
just
one
pair
with
this
hand,
you
will
often
lose
versus
any
competent
player.
Always
be
aware
of
the
player
type
you
are
up
against
at
the
micro
stakes
in
particular
and
understand
what
kind
of
range
they
are
representing
with
their
actions
throughout
the
hand.
Lastly,
if
you
want
to
know
the
complete
strategy
I
used
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of
the
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in
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How to Play Ace Jack Like the Pros

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