Overcoming AA in the hole was quite rare and only one in 221 hands. On average, you might expect to see two Aces in the hole around one session. Don’t waste that “gift”. Take the AA in your hands and take good care of it, while – at the same time – trying to make sure there are enough chips in the pot to help build up your pile while it grips to the end.
How can you best reduce the size of the playing field – forcing enemies – to increase your AA’s chances of remaining at the helm? Isn’t that in essence what you do when you bluff? I’m referring you to my book, “The Art of Bluffing.” Apply a number of ideas, particularly the Esther Bluff strategy, and stay away from displaying each of the cliffs described in it.
Preflop, if you are in the middle or late with the Aces pocket, and two or three enemies are teetering to see what doesn’t work, just call – especially when the game is tight. On the other hand, if the game is loose enough, make bold bets from anywhere.
Here’s an exception: Keep looking left before acting. (Do it inconspicuously.) If you see a player aggressively picking up chips for an increase in pay, limp another. After he has made the pay increase, when the action comes back to you, work back on the big increase again to make the next pot size.
In that case, as soon as you don’t reduce the fraction to two or three enemies, the pot chance will increase enough to deal the higher card chance on you when four or more enemies hold on to see if it doesn’t work. You have Positive Desire.