You have AA in the BB. The BTN opens to 3.5x. What is your line ?

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    Which type of players ? LAG / TAG / Maniac ? CG ? Tournament ? HG ? Stacks (short / deep) ? Numbers (like VPIP) ? so many variables here... – OldPadawan Jul 26 '17 at 13:36
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    Not folding would be a good start as a line to take. As a general rule you can't go wrong with raising always with aces. But for a more in depth answer see @OldPadawan's advice. – Grinch91 Jul 26 '17 at 13:41
  • +1 just for Not folding would be a good start :) (even though I did it once in a big tournament, short stack and 1 to go ITM - Button was CL with huge stack) – OldPadawan Jul 26 '17 at 13:46
  • Ah that's a little different situation. Yeah I've done it before, what's it called ICM + NASH Equilibrium for those situations? – Grinch91 Jul 26 '17 at 14:22
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    I just call it wisdom though :) – OldPadawan Jul 26 '17 at 15:27

The standard line would be to re-raise to what ever your defend re-raise is.

Depending on how often the BU raises you should be defending with a re-raise a decent range. If you defend with 88+ and sometimes just suited connector then AA will not stick out. Just call with some of your re-raise range sometimes but I would always re-raise AA here.

Give them a chance to re-raise you back in case they have a real hand like KK so you can get it all in. I have read never slow play the nuts as your opponent might have a hand willing to come along.

  • 99.99% of the times I consider reraise to be the optimal play in such a situation, given the fact that the aggressor opens with 3.5x, which is a quite large bet,so he is more likely to have a big hand and then we bump into the scenario you mentioned last. That's true if we are talking deepstack (effect.stack>50BB). In shortstack situations you could maybe call and induce one or two barrels of bluff if you know the opponent is capable of doing so. – koita_pisw_sou Jul 27 '17 at 6:15
  • @koita_pisw_sou Don't agree but not going to argue with you. Short stack is more pot committed so easier to get it in pre flop. – paparazzo Jul 27 '17 at 10:17
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    I would reraise in almost any case, too. What I wanted to underline, was that if you plan to just call and set a trap, it is too risky to do it when being deepstack. However, when shortstack in a tour, it could work as a tricky play in order to lure an opponent with top pair top kicker in (or a bluffy opponent) and take his stack (not the best example as Hellmuth loses, but you get the idea: youtube.com/watch?v=IIC2MQ3A46o) – koita_pisw_sou Jul 27 '17 at 10:52

I believe my line would be Woohoo! in my best Homer Simpson voice, likely accompanied with a few fist pumps.

(Note: This likely works best in online play, where your opponent will not see/hear you.)

I would then make my standard 3-bet for the game situation.


When you have AA, your ultimate goal is to get all the stacks in the middle pre-flop, so always RAISE when you have the option pre-flop with AA.

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