The effect of position on Ace-Face

Hands containing "Ace-face" —meaning an Ace with a King, Queen or Jack—have a positive expected value from all positions. Like pocket pairs, the effect of position on expected value is small. Not surprisingly, the higher the face card, the higher the expected value, and suited combinations do better than unsuited. The one exception is that Ace-King unsuited does slightly better than Ace-Jack suited. Ace-face combinations, in general, do better than small pocket pairs from any position.