how can we not be dominated so often? with 17% open (perhaps a bit wider from the CO) he has a ton of Ax in his range. so especially our one pair hands are not really all that good.
otoh we wont loose too much since we dont go crazy with top pair no kicker, but im just saying...
Probably like 25% from the CO. Here's a 27% range.
22+, A2s+, A8o+, K8s+, KTo+, Q9s+, QTo+, J9s+, JTo, T8s+, 97s+, 86s+, 75s+, 64s+, 54s
There's a whole lot of other stuff other than specifically A4o+, AA.
Only 27% of his range is a better A and we are only worried about that when you both hit an A. Conversely you are not dominated 70% of the time. It's really not a big concern. You won't both hit an A that often, and sometimes you dominate him (admittedly not often). There's only two left in the deck, so that's like hitting a set. So when you both have an A you hit it about 13%. He only has that range 27% for starters. If you put an A on the flop that number drops to 20% due to card removal. If he has you dominated and you both miss, then it comes down to who is more aggro. We can win most of those situations because we are starting with a stronger range than him (he has a 27% while we have a 15%), so we can play our range fast pre-flop and there isn't a whole lot he can do about it that we can't easily counter-adjust to.
If a guy's range is wide, he can't simultaneously have a wide range AND have us dominated a lot. If he has a wide range he just doesn't have anything a lot, and misses a lot. So, we have a lot of steal equity post. That's why Axs is good. We hit hands we can steal with a lot AND he'll bet when we hit an A.
If we miss, we win a lot. If we hit, we win a lot. Good situation for us.