02-04-06 [poker] - 1

02-04-06 [poker]

If your opponent pushes with a typical semi-good push hand, { TT+, AQ+ }, would you rather have JJ or AK ? The answer is AK. AKs is 51% vs. that range, AKo is 49%, and JJ is 47%. A funny thing to me is that if you drop the AQ out of there, it doesn't hurt AK that much (relative to JJ). If the range is { TT, AK }, then JJ is 43% to win and AK is 41%. I thought maybe the AK was beating JJ just because it's so strong against AQ, but that's not it. Part of it surely is that by having AK you greatly reduce the chance of facing AA or KK.

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