How to set Aces up

Posted at Mon Nov 25 2013

How to set Aces up

Some experienced Open Face Chinese players always split Aces up and go for Fantasy Land or top royalties (66+). Others go for full house royalty by setting two pairs in the back. Which play is a better?

Suppose you have AImage AImage 7Image 7Image JImage. How would you set it?

aces up with jack kicker

OR

splitting aces up with jack kicker in back

OR

splitting aces up with jack kicker up top

Using Warren’s OFC Simulator, here’s the equity for each set for spades. Since there’s no flush possible, it’s safe to assume that a 5Image has the same equity as 5Image.

splitting aces up with jack kicker

As you can see, setting -- / JImage / AImage AImage 7Image 7Image is the superior play by a wide margin. But if some experienced players are breaking up Aces up, there must be a reason. What if they have the right strategy but are applying it in the wrong context? Would our equity change if change the Jack to a King for Fantasy Land?

![aces up with king kicker](http://i.imgur.com/rOSpcmw.png")

splitting aces up with king kicker and a dead card

The results are much closer. Playing aggressive and going for Fantasy Land has its merits. An astute reader may have noticed that maybe Hero’s equity is a little low because there’s a dead King in our opponent’s hand. What if Hero has a Queen instead of a King and have 3 live outs?

splitting aces up with queen kicker for fantasy land

splitting aces up with queen kicker

Wow. Playing aggressive and going for Fantasy when there are 3 live outs crushes the full house set up. So the experienced players did have the right strategy in mind.

In the final analysis, there exists a profitable spot where you can split Aces up. It is when your kicker is a Queen or a King and you have all 3 lives outs. The EV of Fantasy Land will make up for the high fouling rate.

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