Inverse (Part 3) - Playing AJ

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney

INVERSE Part 1 : INVERSE Part 2 : INVERSE Part 3 : INVERSE Part 4 : INVERSE Part 5 : INVERSE Part 6


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INVERSE (part 3) - Ace Jack.


  • Type: INVERSE
  • Stakes: $50NL
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:34:15
  • Added: 11 August 2011

INVERSE pt. 3 overview.

What is an "INVERSE" video? Check out INVERSE part 1 for an explanation.

INVERSE part 3 is the first video in this series that looks at $50NL hand histories from SplitSuit's own database (as opposed to student or user-submitted HHs like the last 2). Split is highly objective about the way he played these hands though, so there's no sugar-coating here.

INVERSE pt. 3 also dedicated to one starting hand in particular; Ace-Jack, both suited and unsuited. Why AJ? Because it's a tricky hand and it can cause a bunch of problems.

Honestly, this INVERSE vid could easily be re-titled to "how to play AJ in Texas Hold'em". This strategy video contains 8 hand history reviews of SplitSuit playing AJ in various preflop and postflop situations. The different scenarios include:

  • Playing AJ out of position.
  • Isolating with AJ.
  • Squeezing with AJ.
  • Continuation betting the flop as a bluff with AJ.
  • Playing AJ in a multi-way pot.
  • Playing Ace Jack from the blinds.

It's not an exhaustive list of every single possible way to play Ace-Jack in Texas Hold'em, but it's as close to a complete strategy video guide that you're going to get.

If you like hand-specific strategy videos, check out SplitSuit's Playing AA and Baby Pairs videos.

Oh, and there's also the return of the report card at the end:

INVERSE 3 Report Card Screenshot
SplitSuit's report card for himself.

About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

Table of contents.

  1. (0:00) Intro
  2. (1:11) Hand 1 – Flatting with AJs in CO. AJ7 flop.
  3. (4:44) Hand 2 - AJs in the BB. UTG and SB limp, Hero raises, UTG calls. 2QT flop OOP.
  4. (8:20) Hand 3 - Isolating with AhJh on the BTN. 4h7hTd flop (nut flush draw). [bet sizing, equity]
  5. (13:41) Hand 4 - Raising with AdJd from HJ after 1 limper. 6d2c4d flop (nut flush draw). [isolation video, winrate]
  6. (17:38) Hand 5 - Open with AJs from HJ. Both CO and BTN call. Hero cbets 4K5 flop OOP. [double barreling, multiple level thinking]
  7. (21:27) Hand 6 - Isolating with AJo on the BTN. Multi-way pot, 849 flop.
  8. (24:19) Hand 7 - Squeezing with AJo on the BTN. Both HJ and CO call, Hero cbets on 732 flop. [squeezing video, semi bluffing]
  9. (27:42) Hand 8 - Open with AJ on the BTN. Get min 3bet by BB. [blind stealing, way ahead way behind, inelastic]
  10. (31:38) Video recap

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