Texas Holdem has become one of the biggest fads in the 21st century. This game started growing like wildfire within the last decade and is a favorite game amongst every crowd that plays, young or old. This peculiar game has gotten so popular, there are cable and television shows that either dedicate a time slot or even a channel for this widely accepted game. With that said, there are also some important factors In this game that I come to realize. Some hands, although mathmatically, have a good rate and great odds of winning, have proved without a doubt that even the most probable hands don’t win. These hands have had more bad bets, bad raises, and bad all-ins more than the other combinations, leading to major losses. Out of these selected hands, by fate alone, will either end up making you lose a hand, you could lose the tournament. One stands out far above the rest of these combination hands. It is one of the biggest misplayed hands on an almost guaranteed win. It’s called the “worst-best” hand in poker. I’m writing about the Ace, Queen hand.
The Ace, Queen hand is also known as the “Doyle Brunson” hand. Although A,Q is on the top ten list of hands, it is NOT a hand on my, (or any other players), top ten. Yes, the probability of you winning is great and although this hand, pre-flop, can only be beat by 3.77 percent mathematically, It has the odds of being beat 95% of the time and it has reared an ugly curse of giving the player overconfidence and generally produces a player wanting to go all-in with this set. Once they make this call, nearly 99% of the time, they have been beat going all-in. Ace, Queen suited doesn’t protect you from this curse either, although I do feel better having suited rather than an unsuited Ace, Queen.
you have Ace,Ace.
The probability that losing going all-in on a A,Q is high and from my personal experience, this is the one hand that has made me lose more tournaments than any other hand. This evil hand has no prejudice on whether you are a new player or a professional one either.
Phil Hellmuth lost the 2008 World series of Poker, (45th place) on an Ace, Queen against Rosskamm’s pair of Jacks.
Brunson has lost to this deadly combination.
Daniel Negreanu even calls this hand a “1.4”, referring to how many millions he has lost with this combination.
So, if you are thinking that Ace, Queen are going to pay big against seven other players, think again. My best call on this hand is to not call at all. sometimes I will even fold this hand, because unless you are at the beginning of the tournament and want to get a feel for some of the other players by playing this hand, raise or not, My best suggestion to you is to not think of this hand as a good hand, just a good, middle hand.