I've lost the greatest amount of money (over the last 5000 hands) with Ace King compared to any other hand. I thought I'd write a post and go over some thoughts and a couple pots that include Ace King.
Here's the biggest one. It's pretty standard, the table had broken up only a few hands before and I decided to stick around a few hands since the opponent had been very active and aggressive. He had 3bet me about 3 - 4 times in last 50 hands so there was no reason to think my ak was no good when he shoved (I was actually hoping he would). The only other option is to call his 3bet, but since his 3bet range is so wide, I really wouldn't feel comfortable playing the rest of the hand unless I spike a king or an ace.
This hand has skewed my winnings, but still, I'm down about 2.5 buyins with AK in the last 5000 hands so something needs to be looked at.
This hand I really butchered. At the time, I had a lot of things going on at other tables and didn't give this hand much thought before I made my discussion. Preflop the opponent calls my open raise, I don't have any reads on the player so it could mean just about anything. On the flop, I spike a pretty strong hand, but there are a lot of draws, and its possible the opponent calls pf with kq, kj type hands. I bet and he minraises fairly quickly. By shoving, I probably fold out a large range of hands that I beat, such as kq, kj. Therefore, I would have preferred a call, then a check/fold on the turn to any reasonable size bet. It's a passive play, but the only way to play the hand profitably.
Lastly, this hand seems to be a very common occurrence at 100nl. There is a middle position open, someone in the cutoff or button calls, and I wake up with AK from the blind. In the following hand, I 3bet pf and get called by the button caller.
The question becomes whether or not to fire a cbet when either an ace or king doesn't hit. My thoughts are as follow: If the original raises calls, ranges include 88+, AK, and even sometimes j10, kq suited types hands, depending on the player. If the opponent is rather aggressive, I feel it is necessary to cbet most types of board, since checking will allow the opponent to fire a bet with pretty much any two of the aforementioned hands.
If the button opponent calls, then its important to note that this player is likely on the passive side. It becomes unlikely that the opponent will fire a large bet on the flop with middle pocket pairs or overs. Therefore, I'd prefer to check and hope to showdown or spike a king or an ace on the turn and value bet thin to extract value from pocket pair callers.
In the following hand, I didn't take my advice and decided to cbet the flop. A costly mistake.