It is important to reiterate that in poker, AK (AK), whether or not combined (suited or not) is a great bet. This hand is one of the 10 best starting hands that can happen to a player. However, a good number of players mess with this hand, which can cause enough damage if you do not know how to use it judiciously. Let’s see what occasions should be used.
When a player as good as an AK, the first idea that comes is to use a pair of aces or a pair of kings. It is true that AK is a great hand in poker, with an awesome deterrent. But remember that it is potentially: must know how to use.
AK is not really a hand, as it can be a pair. Offers also less likely to win if compared to a 9-9, for example.
AK is a hand to improve to take away the pot, unless you use it to bluff.
Preflop: If you are in the initial phase (Under The Gun, at the beginning of the round, be the first or among the first to bet, after the small blind and the big blind), you can afford to raise 3-5 times the pot to scare players who want to stay in the game despite having small pairs (level 5-5) or cards running averages combined (9-10). If no one follows you, you win the blinds and it’s time to push on the accelerator (especially in the middle or at the end of a poker tournament with blinds very high). If any player come to follow you, you can always try the flop and see what it has to offer. You can try to take away the pot on the flop, even if it does not offer anything good, making a Continuation Bet (continuation bet).
On the contrary, if you are in the middle or at the end of the lap (both Cut Off or button), and other players have raised in front of you, or even have re-raised, you have to prepare to face a great pair (or two). The AK does not give you any advantage in such conditions. As a result, it will be better to pass and wait for a better opportunity.