This is a discussion on AA vs AK unsuitied within the online poker forums, in the Poker Rooms section; anyone know the odds of my pocket aces getting busted by Ace King off suit? Only online would.
Preflop: Ace King vs. Pocket Kings. Like I said above, ace-king odds to win are only around 31% against pocket kings. So the odds aren’t in your favor. Getting it all-in preflop with AK usually isn’t a mistake if playing at a 6max table. But if you are playing live, or are up against a very tight opponent in an online cash game, then it.
Against an A-K offsuit, an A-Q offsuit is a 2.8-to-1 dog if the queen has no cards of its suit in the opposing hand, and 2.95-to-1 if the opponent's ace or king is of the queen's suit. With the A-Q being suited, the odds drop to 2.3-to-1 in favor of the A-K, which is quite an improvement for the underdog's chances. Whether the A-K is suited is not as important, but it still matters. With an A.
Pocket Queens vs Ace-King Odds. A pair of ladies performs pretty well against Big Slick but winning against A-K isn’t a certainty. When Q-Q goes up against A-K before the flop, there is a 57 percent chance the Queens hold up. That goes down to 54 percent against suited A-K. Queens are a bit greater than a coin-flip but beware of Big Slick.
Ace-king is a strong but tricky hand. It is the strongest of the drawing hands, but the flop needs to work with you to give you a pair of aces or kings for it to really pay off. When it's suited—meaning that the cards are of the same suit—it's slightly stronger than unsuited because you can then also make the nut flush much more easily.
This is because although pocket twos is a slight favourite over two over cards, it is a big dog to any pair, a fact that ace king avoids for all but two pairs - aces and kings (even against kings.
Ace King is one of the strongest hands in the game and you will be dealt it much more often than hands like pocket aces or pocket kings for example (remember that there are many more combinations of Ace King than these hands). But the reality is that Ace King is a pretty simple hand to play. Many people try to over-complicate it and think too.
Winning Breakdown for AKo: High Card 0 One Pair 21,561,984 Two Pair 21,082,896 Three of a Kind 3,235,104 Straight 1,969,776.