Poker - Starting Hands
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How to play
your starting hands:
Texas Holdem as well as in most other poker variants
there is a huge importance that is attached to position!
If you are in a position that is to the right of the
dealer (meaning that you have posted the blinds) then
you are considered to be in the worst starting position.
However as you go around the table then the better
position you are in (the dealer position is the most
powerful). The reason why it is good to be late is that
you get to see the actions of the players around the
table before you make your bet. For example if you have
a Q8 suited and you are in an early position if you
call, and then are re-raised then chances are that you
will have to fold as you know that you are probably
Position gives you power. The later
position that you are in then the more power that you
have when you raise. If you have hit a really good hand
then you get to see the entire table take an action and
then you get to make a decision on how much you want to
when it comes to seeing the flop then the same applies.
If you hit an Ace whilst holding AQ or AJ and everyone
checks around to you or only raise slightly then you are
in a strong position to re-raise. If you were in an
early position then you are just asking for trouble if
you raise with the AJ as you will most likely get a
re-raise from AQ or AK and hence have wasted your money.
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So this brings me onto the actual starting
Texas Holdem there are only 169 combinations of
possible starting hands. Below are listed the top 50%,
through the rest away when you see it. Not worth your
while playing with!
There are four categories of starting hand in Texas
Top 10 hands, Strongest! These are
the top10 hands, you can re-raise with these in any
position (also the top10 possible starting hands).
AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AKs, AQs, AJs, KQs, KJs, AK
Strong hands: These are the hands
that you can re-raise with in middle or late
position, or just call with in early position.
TT, 99, 88, ATs, A9s, KTs, QJs, QTs, JTs, AQ, KQ
Medium Strength: With these hands
you can call if you are in the middle or late
77, 66, 55, 44, 33, 22, A8s, A7s, A6s, A5s, A4s,
A3s, A2s, K9s, K8s, K7s, Q9s, Q8s, J9s, J8s, T9s,
T8s, AJ, AT, KJ, KT, QJ, QT, JT, 98s, 87s
Not amazing but you can still call.
Here you should only call, preferably in late
K6s, K5s, K4s, K3s, K2s, Q7s, Q6s, Q5s, Q4s,
Q3s, Q2s, J7s, J6s, J5s, T7s, T6s, A9, K9, Q9, J9,
T9, (7s, 96s, 86s, 85s, 76s, 75s, 65s, 64s, 54s,
that is it! Play your top hands. Push the people limping
in, out of the pot if you have a strong or ultra hand!
Play your position to it's maximum and you will do