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Every Poker player knows that you don’t play every hand you’re dealt. But, how do you know which hands to play and which to fold?

Best Starting Hands in Texas Holdem Poker to Play

How do you know which starting hands to play? This is a question that every poker player, amateur or professional, should always be prepared for at the start of every hand, fundamental to poker strategy. You do not want to play every hand, you must know when to fold. If you know which starting poker hands to play, you can conduct the game in your favor.

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Here are the Top 10 Best Starting Hands in Texas Hold’em Poker-

  1. AA – Pocket Aces or Bullets is the strongest starting hand in poker. Play Strongly, But bear in mind – even though it’s is the best starting hand, you will be left with only one pair if the board doesn’t improve.
  2. KK – Pocket Kings or Cowboys – The second-best starting hand after Aces. But if an Ace turns up post-flop, you will lose to anyone holding a single Ace in their starting hand.
  3. QQ – Pocket Queens or Ladies – the third-best starting hand with a winning probability of 80% pre-fop.
  4. JJ – Pocket Jacks or Fishhooks – Pre-flop, it has a 78% chance of winning and is still a very strong hand. Be mindful of opponents.
  5. AKs – Big Slick – Ace-King suited is the top unpaired starting hand to have in a game of poker. Also called Anna Kournikova or Kalashnikov (AK rifle) by recreational players
  6. Ts – TNT or Tension. The nickname for Pocket Tens is because having a pair of tens pre-flop is tense because of the high chance of overcards.
  7. AQs – Big Chick – Ace-Queen suited is another hand with the potential to win the pot.
  8. AKo – Big Slick – Ace-King off-suits also rank high in the chart and are capable of winning at least 40% of the time against any other hand (except aces or kings).
  9. AJs – Armani Jeans – Ace and Jack suited are better than most other hands. However, if an opponent raises from an early position, proceed with caution.
  10. KQs – Marriage – King and Queen suited is a strong hand that can end up a making Royal Flush.

Other Possible Hands

  • Suited Connectors (98s, 76s, T9s)
  • Offsuit Connectors (T9o, 98o, 54o, JTo)
  • Suited Gappers (97s, T8s, KJs)

” *s “ refers to suited cards (of the same suit) *o refers to off-suited cards (of different suits) There are a possible 169 non-equivalent starting hands (ignoring specific suits) in a standard 52-card deck in Texas Hold’em PokerSo, here’s a chart detailing the win percentage of Texas Holdem starting hands-

A

K Q J T 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
A 85% 68% 67% 66% 66% 64% 63% 63% 62% 62% 61% 60% 59%
K 66% 83% 64% 64% 63% 61% 60% 59% 58% 58% 57% 56% 55%
Q 65% 62% 80% 61% 61% 59% 58% 56% 55% 55% 54% 53% 52%
J 65% 62% 59% 78% 59% 57% 56% 54% 53% 52% 51% 50% 50%
T 64% 61% 59% 57% 75% 56% 54% 53% 51% 49% 49% 48% 47%
9 62% 59% 57% 55% 53% 72% 53% 51% 50% 48% 46% 46% 45%
8 61% 58% 55% 53% 52% 50% 69% 50% 49% 47% 45% 43% 43%
7 60% 57% 54% 52% 50% 48% 47% 67% 48% 46% 45% 43% 41%
6 59% 56% 53% 50% 48% 47% 46% 45% 64% 46% 44% 42% 40%
5 60% 55% 52% 49% 47% 45% 44% 43% 43% 61% 44% 43% 41%
4 59% 54% 51% 48% 46% 43% 42% 41% 41% 41% 58% 42% 40%
3 58% 54% 50% 48% 45% 43% 40% 39% 39% 39% 38% 55% 39%
2 57% 53% 49% 47% 44% 42% 40% 37% 37% 37% 36% 35%

51%

Top Texas Holdem Starting Hands You Should Pray For

Quick Basics:

  • Every player is dealt two cards face down
  • Five community cards are placed on the table (whose value is shown as the round progresses).
  • All players try to make the best five-card combination from among the board and personal cards and bet on the same.
  • The best hand at the end of the round is declared the winner(s) and wins the pot.

It’s only by knowing how to master the basics do you become a poker player who is taken very seriously by his/her opponents.

Learn more about the basics of poker-
1. Online Poker vs Offline Poker – The Similarities, The Differences
2. When To Bet & When To Fold With The PreFlop Range Chart
3. Importance of Playing in Position
4. What Are Outs & How To Calculate Them?
5. What are Pot Odds and Equity?

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