When playing AA to maximize the potential return, I tend to bet a lot pre flop but that often leads to just stealing the blinds. Given this fact, should I limp and reraise if I can, given that I've been confronted with a "tight" field?
There are so many things to consider when coming to a conclusion about how to play not just AA, but any hand. Not the least of which is:
- Game Type & Format
- Stack Sizes
- Opponent Skill
- Hero's Image
- Opponent Tendancies
- Metagame (ie, history)
- Board Texture
- Opponent's Likely Range
The list goes on and on.
However, as a general rule of thumb (to which there are many exceptions), in a No-Limit Holdem Cash Game against amatuer opponents with whom you have no significant history, I posit that:
The best way to make money with a good hand is to bet, bet, bet.
One general tips is to never limp! you want to raise the same amount with your whole range of hands to be as unpredictable as possible. If you limp your AA, you will just end up in weird spots all the time where you have no idea what to do and what hands your opponents have (the BB or SB getting a cheap or free flop). This will result in closing your eyes and calling it down drawing thin or dead.
Aggression is the way to go! Even if it only results in stealing the blinds! taking the blinds are better than losing your stack! ;)