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Aejones Theorem

Aejones Theorem is named after the high roller nicknamed “aejones”, who posted it on poker forum 2 + 2 in 2007. This is one of the most abstract and contradictory statements in the theory of poker.

Review of the theorem

Theoretical statement in original says: “No one ever has anything”. The theorem, in terms of poker, means that at the poker table really strong cards happen very rarely.

The effectiveness of this theorem is now being questioned, and its direct use in practice is likely to lead to the loss of a large sum of money. However it is possible to distinguish at least two basic conditions under which it will be true.

  1. No opponent can always have strong cards.
  2. Aggressive tactics most often forces your opponent to fold.

These statements make sense, but their use against absolutely all opponents cannot be justified. Some of the opponents at some point can get such a strong combination that it will manage to resist aggressive play. In any case, aggressive play can bring more results than passive one.

A player can never be totally sure about the strength of the opponent’s cards. If an opponent acts aggressively, it often makes think that he / she has nuts.

Theorem Aedzhonsa applying

Application of the Theorem Aedzhonsa principles is mostly justified at short-handed tables with fairly large stacks. And, on the contrary, at the long tables, with short stacks, this statement cannot be a guideline to follow. The theorem can be effective in those poker games, where it is difficult to determine the strength of the opponents’ hands. It includes Draw, Razz, Lowball, Badugi.

The theorem implies that you cannot trust too much your opponents’ hole cards. But it does not mean that you should always be sure that you can beat your opponent out of the pot. It is a mistake to believe that a re-raise is enough to make your opponent fold.

We need to try to calculate every particular game. Sometimes it is enough to put yourself in your opponent’s shoes to assess the situation. It goes without saying that the opponent also tends to exaggerate the strength of your cards. Every player should take advantage of the opponent’s cautious game and remember that an aggressive style of play is more likely to benefit than a passive one. The main idea in this case is that you need to reasonably control the scale of aggression at the poker table.