There are a total of 169 pre-flop hands possible in any game of Texas Hold’em. Out of those starting hands, Pocket Bullets (my nick-name) is considered to be the absolute best starting hand. And it is, but it does nothing for you if you don’t play it right. So here are a few things we have learned along the way from watching other players and listening to what the pros have to say.
First and foremost, you need to control yourself from over reacting when you get it; don’t start jumping up and down or laughing or displaying any other emotion except to stay totally cool. Don’t play it up; don’t play it down; just stay neutral.
Second, try to make the right bet. Sometimes it’s better to slow play while other times it may be best to be aggressive and splash all in. It’s really up to the mix of the players and how well you know them. It also depends greatly on your position and it’s usually probably best to bet just right. If there is action before, you always call it. When you’re out of position, raise as many times as possible.
If someone goes all in pre-flop, be careful and call it only when it makes sense to you, but don’t re-raise; just call it.
There’s a lot more that could be said as to how to play the number one starting hand, ACE-ACE, and lots of varying advice from all the pros, but at the end of the day it’s up to you to read the dynamics of the poker table you’re facing. Stay cool and you just may scoop the chips your way.