Texas Holdem Starting Hands: The best hands!
Do you want to make some money by playing Texas Holdem Poker? Then the first things you should worry about is to understand the hands you should play vs the ones you should fold. So, here is how to interpret the Texas Holdem Starting Hands and how to make a good choice. It’s nothing difficult as long as you are aware of several general rules, so let’s discover them together!
As talking about any combination of cards you might get before the flop can be an endless discussion, we’re going to talk about some of the most important Texas Holdem starting hands.
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. ― Jack London
Losing money is something everyone wants to avoid at all costs, but how can you know what leads to this issue. Is it about luck? Are you making some common mistakes? Let’s find out some rules that can save you a lot of trouble. Hint: Losing is also part of the game, the secret is to be prepared, learn from your mistakes and limit the loss.
Some basic poker principles to know!
Everyone knows that a pair of Aces is the best hand, you might get, but what else should you know? What principles can help you take advantage of the cards you get? With the right knowledge, you can become a Texas Holdem winner too. Here we’re talking about probability.
Hint: To make a smart move, you need to know what makes a good hand, the Premium hands and how to spot them. Here’s what you should take into account.
How to interpret these Texas Holdem starting hands
Entering a pot comes with risks. In order to decide whether it is worth it or not, here are some of the hands that should ring a bell. Just have in mind – at Texas Holdem, you should fold almost 80% of the hands you receive.
The best hands in Texas Holdem
- Pocket Aces
- Pocket Kings
- Pocket Queens
- Pocket Jacks
Any of these hands are a great starting hand in Texas Holdem. If you got them then you most likely have a great advantage over your competitors. Usually, these hands should be played. There’s one particular situation, you should think twice – when there’s a raise before you.
However, the probability to get AAs or KKs is relatively small. It is said that players usually get this combination of cards once in every 120 hands. So, when you do get them, think about the ways to maximize your efforts. What do we mean? Well, AAs might be a safe bet, but when it comes to KKs things can change dramatically for you. If you have a pair of Ks, then think twice. If there’s an A on the flop, you can lose in front of any player who has a single A in his/her starting hand.
In what concerns a pair of QQs or JJs, they are a safe bet in front of any other pair except for KK or AA, of course. And the probabilities to have QQ/JJ and a competitor to have an AA or KK are very limited.
Why is AK a good hand? Well, the first thing you should think about – it’s better than AJ, AQ or AT (An Ace + 10). It might imply more risks, but you’ll usually win with these cards.
Take your chances!
These are just the basic principles of the hands that should immediately ring a bell in Texas Holdem games. To make sure you have a general overview, then stay tuned for more tips and the worst hands you could ever play in Texas Holdem.
Learn when to Hold’em and when to Fold’em! – Kenny Rogers
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