05. March 2012 · Categories: Poker

Starting hands for Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is a very simple game and this peculiarity makes it followed by so many people. At the same time, although you can understand in a short time, often takes several years for a player to be regarded as an expert.

It ‘s important to understand your starting hands, through which you can take the first decision in every hand of Texas Hold’em. We’ll see how beautiful the hands that look very different indeed hide problems and unlike marginal hands that may appear later prove very profitable.

We value your hands, dividing them into 3 groups. When the card is completed with a ‘or’ means that they are of different suits, in case of an ‘s’ the 2 cards are of the same suit. If you see an ‘x’ means that it can be any card.

Group 1

  • A-A
  • K-K
  • Q-Q
  • J-J
  • A-Ks
  • A-Qs
  • A-Ko

The hands in this group are certainly what we would all like to have in each hand, and this is due to the fact that they simply more likely to win. But beware, this does not mean that they always win hands: how many times you hear a player talk about bad luck when his pair of A or K is beaten by a marginal hand? There is nothing abnormal, although rarely it can happen.

Those who only plays with these starting hands a player is considered very close. When you are a beginner is a good thing to play with fewer possible hands, although you have to bring some ‘attention because they participate in a dish with cards of group 1 is not always synonymous with victory.

Group 2

  • A-Jo
  • A 10th-
  • A-x
  • K-Qs
  • K-Qo
  • K-Js
  • K-Jo
  • 10-10
  • 9-9
  • 8-8
  • 7-7

To this group belong all the remaining hands with an A, figures with hands and medium pairs of cards. All hands beautiful, but not as extraordinary as those of group 1 who often win the pot without further help hit the flop. To win with the cards in the second group will almost certainly have to hit something on the flop, otherwise it is likely that some other player is in front of us

Group 3

  • Q-Js
  • Q-Jo
  • J-10s
  • 10-9s
  • 9-8s
  • 8-7s
  • K-10s
  • 6-6
  • 5-5
  • 4-4
  • 3-3
  • 2-2

With this group will participate in courses that do not cost much and abandon when we do not find anything good on the flop. In particular you should pay particular attention to small pairs: if you do not hit it better to leave the set on the flop, the chances to hit the turn and river are very low.