What is ‘Ace King’?
Ace King is a pair of cards in a standard deck of cards consisting of 52 cards, and there are 4 different suits, which are spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds. Each suit consists of an Ace, King, Queen, and Jack, and also numbered cards from 2 to 10. Depending on the kind of card game you are playing, a hand consisting of the Ace King has different values.
‘Ace King’ Explained
In all land-based and online casinos, the numbered cards 2 through 10 are their face value, which is the number of any particular card, for example, a 3 card is 3 points.
This is also true with face cards like King, Queen, and Jack, which are valued at 10 points each.
However, if you are playing Blackjack, the Ace card is a special card with 2 different values, either at 11 or 1. What makes the Ace special, is that you get to pick the value of the Ace – the choice is up to you. In certain situations it is appropriate to use the Ace as a 1.
Blackjack is a card game that requires you to keep track of your hand’s card values. If you are dealt an Ace King in Blackjack, you automatically win with a hand valued at 21. You can count the Ace card as 1, which would give you a total value of 11, but when dealt an Ace King, you would not want to count the Ace card as anything other than 11.
Using 2 different cards as an example, if you are dealt a 9 card and an Ace, counting the Ace card as 1, the total card value of your hand is 10, which is not that great in Blackjack. If you count the Ace card as 11, the total card value of your hand is 20, which is good. You can win with a hand valued at 20. Remember, in Blackjack, you want to get as close to 21 points without going over, or busting.
In Poker, the Ace King cards are nicknamed ‘Big Slick,’ and is regarded as the 4th best starting hand you can be dealt in a game of Hold ‘Em. While this can a very strong starting hand in Poker, especially when it is suited, it can be one of the trickier hands to play. When playing No Limit Hold ‘Em Poker with this starting hand, you need to connect with the board first, to make this a moneymaker.
Ace King is a drawing hand, which means it is not worth anything on its own. Statisically, it will only pair up on the flop 1 out of 3 times. Unless you know your opponent well, you should not risk your entire stack on the hand. Another tip is to always try to put in the first raise on the pre-flop, because it is essential to take the lead early in the hand in order to seize control.