## Allin with AAxx before the Flop

Suppose you have \ - Av - V - > in the big blind, with the blinds at \$5-\$10. You have \$450 in front of you to start the hand, \$10 of i t i n the big blind already. S o the pot holds \$15 and the first two players t o act c all \$ 10 each, making it \$ 35. The button then calls the \$10 and raises t he s ize of t he pot—the raiser i s the t hird player t o call \$10 ( \$30) a nd t he two blinds are t ogether worth \$15, so he can call the \$10 and raise it \$ 45, making it \$55 to go—and the small blind calls the \$55 to go. Now you say, "I raise the size of t he pot." You announce this out l oud (verbal declarations stand in poker) partly so that the dealer or other players can tell you how much you can make it t o go. ( There i s always someone at t he table who is r eally sharp and fast t o say, "Fine, y ou can make it \$x to go.") I n this c ase, two players have put in \$55 each (the button and the small blind) and the two prior players had put i n \$10 each and you wiil have to call the \$55 before you raise the size of the pot. S o we have \$55 + \$55 + \$55 + \$10 + \$10, which equals \$185. So you call the \$55 and raise it \$185, making it \$240 to go. Whew! The math isn't all that complicated once you get used to it, and the dealer and other players are always there to help. Now that you have invested \$240 of your chips before the flop, it's time to bet the other \$210 on the flop no matter what c ards c ome up, i n order to protect your hand. That's one of the nice things about starting with A-A-x-x. You can miss the flop entirely and stiil have a hand that c an win.

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