How to Play Pocket Aces in Different Poker Games
Since many people consider Texas Hold'em to be the only form of poker out there these days, they often look at pocket aces as the holy grail of poker. But the truth of the matter is that pocket aces aren't always so valuable once you get them outside of Hold'em. With that in mind, here is a look at how pocket aces play out in different variations of poker.
As mentioned before, pocket aces are the best possible hole cards you can get in Texas Hold'em. There is no stronger card combination you can be dealt before the flop! Whenever you get pocket aces in Texas Hold'em, you should be trying to get as much money in the pot as possible. After the flop, generally you don't want to be slow playing pocket aces, since unimproved it's still only a one pair hand that is vulnerable to being outdrawn on certain draw heavy boards. Here's an example of when it can be good to slowplay aces.
When you move from Texas Hold'em to Omaha, the power of pocket aces diminishes somewhat. That's because players receive 4 hole cards in this poker game and, because of this, there are more opportunities for straights, flushes, and sets, which diminishes the value of one pair hands including over pairs. Still, pocket aces are valuable in Omaha as they can help players form powerful straights and flushes.
Since the point of Razz is to form the worst hand possible, pocket aces won't help your cause much. If you happen to receive pocket aces in Razz then your best bet for winning is to do a naked bluff. But this move is quite risky so you're definitely better off just folding.
Seven Card Stud
Pocket aces are very valuable in Seven Card Stud because pairs and two pairs often win hands in this game. If you are able to get another pair through your upcards, in addition to pocket aces, then you will probably be in command of the hand!