Playing Hands in the Early Position
Some players sometimes mix up the terms premium draw and premium hand. They are two different things in the poker field. Hands that are as AK, AJ, AQ or AT are premium draws and not premium hands. They can be treated just like a pair of aces of kings, and it usually common for the AK sets. You might be wondering what the hell the difference is. Well, in a pair, there is immediate value. In a hand which is about to draw, there is only potential. The potential of a particular set will always vary and sometimes it has the limits to bring in the chips. If the pot is ever raised before you can make a move, and you are holding onto an AT / AJ, you should eject them. This is in early position. There is a simple trick to follow in the early position. You will be able to save a ton of money, if you do not play hands like these from the early position, in a more extreme game where you witness raises before the flop. In an actual competition or tournament game, these types of hands will be extremely weak. Your whole collection of chips are on the line, there is no chance in losing it all, when you practically only have one pair.
It gets hectic once the game picks up, and you know that you are the one sitting to the immediate left to the player with the dealer button. You might get rid of the cards dealt in the beginning. You should be selective and smart in making the right choice of cards and creating pairs. There are some very good combinations of good starting hands in the early position. If you are in a very intense and aggressive game or a no-limit game, you could even think of putting in an AJ, AT, KJ, QT, J9 or T9 from the ones listed below. Play a smart game as the early position is important in any poker game!
Pairs/Twins: Any from seven to ace
Suited Cards: AK, AQ, AJ, AT, KQ, KJ, KT, QT, QJ, JT, J9, T9
Unsuited Cards: AK, AQ, AJ, AT, KQ, KJ