A Quick Guide To Texas Hold’em Starting Hands
Online casinos are riddled with many popular online casino games, and one of the most popular is poker. Of all the forms of poker, Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular.
If you want to make money in Texas Hold’em, you do need to start off with a good hand. Half the strategy in poker is knowing which hands to choose and which hands to abandon. Even a great hand can be a wrong hand in certain plays depending on the situation.
Poker is about reading the room, making well educated guesses and understanding the cards.
Today we will tell you just how you can better your chances at a win by making good choices with your Texas Hold’em starting hands!
Finding Success In Poker
Getting success in poker all begins with a good pre-flop hand. If you are playing to win with a winning poker strategy, you will probably be folding before the flop a good 70% of the time or so.
It is so important for you to have a good understanding of the hand rankings in poker, the hands which are worth playing, and how the hands will change based upon your table’s position.
Having a good hand such as two Aces and two kings can be played from any position, but a hand such as an 8 and a 3 is weak and should never go beyond the preflop bets.
Thinking about your position, the amount of players at the table, and the style your opponents play with all need to be considered when you are deciding if you want to put your money into the pot on the pre-flop.
Mistakes in the pre-flop will be the mistakes that will totally sabotage your games, so you need to be diligent.
All of your poker starting hands can be put into two groups, they could be suited, or unsuited. A suited hand will contain two cards which have come from the same suit, they could be any card from Ace to King as long as they are both from spades, hearts, diamonds, or clubs.
Any other starting hand will be unsuited. This is when your two cards come from different suits, such as an Ace from spades and a King from hearts, or a 7 from clubs, and a Queen from diamonds.
Another need to know is your position. Where you are positioned at the stable matters. This is not just important in regard to where you are in comparison to other players but also to the dealer and the blinds.
Any hand will begin with two players who post a small and big blind. These are mandatory bets that will rotate the table after every hand. The dealer will also be counterclockwise to the small blind.
If you are clockwise of the big blind, you will be the first to act in pre-flop betting, this is an early position as you act first, and your starting hand needs to be tighter.
If you are ‘on the button’ you are the last to act, and you will always take on a more loose hand when you sit here, and you will have the most information of all players at the table.
Hands To Play
As we have said, the hands you play with at the start do get dictated by where you are sat at the table.
If you are next to the big blind, and are therefore ‘UTG’, then you have fewer starting hands that will be acceptable. You will probably want to play with doubles, such as AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010, 99, 88, 77.
You may also play high cards such as AK, AQ, AJ, A10, KQ, KJ, K10, QJ, AQ, Q10, 10,9, and so on.
However, if you are on the button, and are the last player at the table, you will have a wider range, including all doubles from AA to 22. All ace card pairings are generally acceptable, most king matches, and so on. However, you are better off playing same suit matches than off suit matches.
Such as a 10,7 same suit will be reasonable, but a 10,7 off suit will not be.
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