Poker is a game of intricacies. The cards you hold are only one part of a winning hand. The other is comprised of the player’s style and strategy.
Your hand has an almost limitless amount of variables. Sometimes your hand can be good in one pot and bad in another, different cards have different capabilities – this especially comes into effect depending on which game you will play. A great hand in one form of poker may be garbage in another version of the game.
For this brief case study, let’s take the play of the “middle ace.” The middle ace, meaning – A-9 through A-6, can usually be trashed without much loss. A confident poker player will throw this hand regardless of the action on the table, even if the session allows the player to limp into play; it is only in special cases that the “middle ace” can even be thought of as a card to play.
However, in some versions of poker “middle aces” can be a slick hand to play against your challenger, and may characterize you as a “loosing” player, – a characterization that will assist you when you play stronger hands.
If we take the Texas Hold’em, the “middle ace” can only be played when the position is available. The danger in playing the “middle ace” has two angles.
One, if you flop your ace, you may end up be playing from behind against a stronger kicker. An A-8, for instance may bring you into a situation where you could be going against a player holding a bigger ace (A-K or A-Q) – as a result you will be thinning your chances in hitting your kicker.
The second point is that unless you are able to absolutely guarantee that your challenger is sitting on a fat pair (pocket kings or queens), you must go in with caution and maintain a small pot. If you flop your kicker, the dangers increase.
Remember the “middle ace” is not the ideal hand by any means and should be disregarded as a form of battle in any form of poker.