Is Ace-nine, Or A-9, Suited Or Unsuited A Good Hand To Play? Find Out Here

Do you get frustrated with trying to find which hands really work playing Hold Em? Is Ace-Nine, or A-9, very effective in winning easily? Read on now to find out.

If you are reading this you probably know how important choosing the correct cards to play. The fact is, whether you have an Ace-Nine, or A-9, that is suited or unsuited, I would avoid playing it. Here’s why.

Why I Hate Ace-Nine, Or A-9, And Hate Playing It.

To me Ace-Nine, or A-9, is one of the sucker hands. It gets me and it probably get’s you. I hate Ace-Nine, or A-9, more than I despise other weak cards like 6-3 or 7-2. Why?

Because A-9 suckers you in. It is easy to get tricked by this little bugger. With seriously weak cards you know to fold, but Ace-Nine, even if it’s suited or unsuited, will tend to get you. Let me explain

1 – It’s just short of making straight.

A-10 can make a straight with only 3 cards (J+Q+K). A-9 is just short. So it kind of feels like it will help with a straight but in fact it won’t. You need 4 community cards to make the straight, which isn’t very good. If in fact the community did have 10+J+Q+K you would be in good running to win but the probability of this occurring is low.

2 – The Ace fools you.

Don’t get me wrong, Ace-Nine, or A-9, is a much better hand than some, but in fact it isn’t very good. The feeling of holding an ace, any ace for that matter, tricks your brain into thinking you have a stronger hand than you actually do. It is something about aces that do that to you.

3 – The 9 sucks.

This is the most painful part. The nine just doesn’t help at all. Come on, 10, J, Q, K are all better than it, plus, they are the most likely cards your opponent is going to be holding. The nine practically doesn’t even count as a kicker.

4 – An example of me being burned by an A-9

I played an Ace-Nine, or A-9 last night in fact. I was in a Sit N Go, mid-late game, sitting on the cutoff. Everyone checked round to me and I went for a blind steal, another player bet a little and I called. The flop came A-2-6. He checked, I bet, he called. Turn was 8 and the river was 2. I just placed my standard bet the whole way and he called each time. My opponent turns over A-Q. The A-9 burns me again.

I thought my opponent had pocket Kings or pocket Queens. I was wrong. The only thing that sat between me and victory was a strong kicker. And a 9 is not a strong kicker.

I’m sure as you are reading this you are wondering what other cards look good (even on the charts) but are in fact worse than the real worse cards. And you probably realize that if you avoided these sucker cards you would win more, and in fact they could be the reason you are losing but don’t know why. I’m sure you want to become a better poker player and win tournaments and money, so please, continue to research on these subjects because there are a lot more of these types of hands out there. Be careful…

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