Should I be pushing everyone but one villain out preflop with AA?

E.g. scenario, NLHE Cash game:

Player A (Button): 200BB
Player B (SB): 40BB
Hero (BB): 200BB (with AA)

Player A: Call
Player B: All in (likely JJ-KK)

Usually what I do at this point is to shove so that A folds. With the idea to isolate one player to go heads up with. I am wondering if this is a profitable play in the long term, or should I just call (or re-raise 80BB maybe) hoping that A calls as well.

2 Answers 2


Unless you have a good read on SB I would give that a bigger range. Could be on a steal with AT or any pair.

Player A with just a call does not have much or could be trying to trap with a big hand. Not raising to steal the blinds is odd.

Against like just QQ you are like 80%
Against like QQ JT you are like 65%

Say call and can get A to call and then put another 60 BB in the pot post flop Would not raise here. You want him to come along and you don't want him to put you on AA. I would even the check the flop to hopefully get him to lead out.

-40 + .8 x 81 = 25 head up

-100 + .65 x 240 = 56 three way

EV is to bring A along

If you go 3 way you are pretty much pot committed as you don't want to give up on the side pot.

With a split pot you are going to win one of them 95% of the time.

  • Would this mean that you should try to bring along as many opponents as possible, as long as you can get chips in the pot? I always thought AAs work best against one villain.
    – sakon
    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:49
  • It is not as many opponents as possible. You got one all in and deciding to play with another or not. I ran the EV. If they are on AA, KK, QQ the will call an all in anyway. I will take AA against a late limper even if I am out of position.
    – paparazzo
    Jan 20, 2017 at 14:00

In my case it would depend on the opponent. I always keep track of my play style and how it's perceived in the table and keep as much information about my opponents as possible.

Don't enable reads on you

When you push with your AA do you do the same when you have AK,AJ,KQ etc...? If you don't, than your move could be a read, your opponent could guess your range like AA, KK, QQ. The same question can be asked when you call. If you call only with monsters a 40BB allin and a player behind to act, than it will be easy to read your hand.

Is he a fish, fun player, gambler or good player?

In most cases knowing your opponent makes it easier to decide to go all in or call. Many fish, or people who want to have fun call the 40BB in some cases.

If you just call there's a risk. Is you opponent likely to play any garbage hands? Can you extract more money from him by not shoving and let him lead the bet on flop etc... I think it's very unlikely that he would bet after calling 40BB. Most of the time, if he wanted to gamble by paying 40 BB preflop he will miss the flop and won't continue with any further bets.

First to act

Sadly you're first to act and your opponent doesn't seem like he's gonna call even the 40BB bet since he just called BB. The best move is probably just go allin because you're first to act.

You add additional risks if you just call 40BB because he will probably check back if you check the flop. And if you have to bet on flop, your bet should be probably 40BB at least. Which again he will not call unless he has some kind of draws or hit the flop.

Reraising 80BB is silly

It's very unlikely he will call 80BB to see a flop and than fold or keep calling turn, river. By doing this again you show how strong you are, because in basically any situations you would never reraise someone to the point where he commits almost 50 % of his stack and expect him to fold later or call until river. In most cases what would happen is he shoves behind the rest of his money or folds.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.