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A-K or Big Slick Odds

A-K, or “Big Slick” as it’s better known, is a strong hand that usually gives you favorable odds to win in a poker hand. The odds of getting dealt this hand are 82/1, or a little more than 1.2 percent on average of the total hands you’ll be dealt.

Against any other two cards that are not a pair, Big Slick will give you odds of between 60 and 65 percent to win. Against a pair that’s smaller than kings or aces, Big Slick gets odds to win the hand that are essentially even. But up against a pair of kings, Big Slick’s chances to win drop dramatically, to almost 2/1. And up against a pair of aces the hand is a big underdog at 7.7/1.

Big Slick is a strong hand that can be played aggressively. Your odds of hitting either an ace or king on the flop when you have Big Slick are 2.1/1. As long as you’re not up against a big pocket pair, the odds to win the hand are either in your favor, or you’re getting even odds against a smaller pair.

Big Slick also holds other advantages. If you hit a straight when you have Big Slick, you will have the nut straight. If you hit a flush with Big Slick suited, you will have the nut flush, barring someone having a straight flush. If you hit a pair with Big Slick, it will have top pair with the top kicker, and if no one in the hand makes at least a pair, your Big Slick will take down the hand with the high card most of the time.

Sometimes new players can overplay Big Slick before the flop comes. If you find yourself in a spot where two or more players have shown a lot of aggression before the flop, there’s a good chance you might be up against a big pocket pair, making you a big underdog to win the hand. Find the discipline to let the Big Slick go and wait for a better time to use this strong hand to your advantage.