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Premium, or the best hands in hold'em include such starters as AA, KK, QQ, AK. They allow you win the most amount of money. It is not by chance that they are considered best as they really have the greatest chance of winning against the standard ranges of your opponents. The pair hands from the above list (QQ-AA) are good because you will always have a ready high pair on postflop. What is more, AK always has at least top pair + top kicker when hitting the board. On average, both combinations promise you a certain win. This is the main "trick" and the main difficulty of premium hands.
It should be noted that the wider the ranges of hands played by your opponents are, the wider the range of hands can be considered premium. You can even sometimes exclude AK and QQ from the above list when playing against very tight players. On the other hand, you can add AQ, JJ, and TT when playing against the loose ones. Everything, as always, depends on your opponents and you need accurately to adapt to them.
As a rule, you must raise preflop after getting a premium hand. It is necessary to increase the size of the pot immediately, that is, make an open-raise when there were only limps and folds before you, and 3-bet when there was already a raise.
Firstly, you increase the size of the pot which promises you a greater win in this hand. Secondly, you kick players with medium and weak starters out of the pot. Otherwise, they will try to move you that is why you should make them pay more on pre-flop.
You need to stay face to face with your opponent because your premium hands are very vulnerable against two low pairs or a set on postflop. The more opponents get into the pot, the more the chance is that someone will catch these combinations with an average hand (for example, suited connector T9c or low pocket pair 55).
Everything is a bit more complicated with AK. Here you should also increase the size of the pot and squeeze out opponents. However, to win a large pot you will first need to get into the board yourself, that is, catch a king or an ace. Otherwise, you will need to choose boards for bluffing or to check and surrender to any aggression from your opponents.
Sometimes you can call 3-bet or 4-bet with premium hands to hide the power of your hand. This method is most effective against aggressive opponents. AA and KK are pretty good for this.
Post-flop also has situations where it is possible to slow play (not to show aggression). As a rule, these are very dry boards, on which the opponent has nothing to pay you. Nevertheless, do not go too far. After all, first of all you need to make the pot big.
In fact, if you act relatively correctly with this type of hands, they will bring you a good profit. So, there can be no real difficulties. However, you can always create them for yourself.
The Main Unsubstantiated Difficulties With Premium Hands
1) “Too many bad beats.” This is the first and the most common myth. We just better remember bad beats than successful bets. This can only be true for a short distance. To avoid this, play more and increase the distance.
2) "My premium hands are not paid." The second myth is also relevant only for a short distance. At a sufficient distance you will be paid. Of course, do not expect to win the stack every time you have aces. If you play too tight, opponents can understand this. In this case they will pay less for your nuts.
So the main mistake you can make is believing one or both myths and changing your game with premium hands. This will really reduce your profits. Hold true to maths, probability theory and distance and you will succeed.
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