After the flop, bet them for value. If you wager later in the betting, you'll see what decision most players make and have more information on which to base your own decision. When someone raises ahead of you, you definitely don't want to raise with the same hands we just listed. It can make a large number of straights and flushes, while just hitting one pair will sometimes give you the best hand. You can get my advanced preflop master course for cash games and learn everything at once.
It's a classic poker saying that there are three ways to play pocket jacks, and all of them are wrong. It is still a very strong hand, particularly if the pot is unraised and you look down at jacks in late-position, though you can be a little more careful if an opponent has come in for an early-position raise.
Pocket tens are a strong starting hand and a real poker classic. They're strong enough that you don't need to hit a third ten on the flop to continue. They will still win against overcards every other time, though there are far more combinations where it is not as strong a favourite as pocket jacks.
If there is a lot of action before you, it is sometimes easy to fold tens before the flop. While this hand is an underdog against an offsuit Ace-King, it ranks higher due to its relative strength against other starting hands.
Sometimes, you will find yourself in a spot where you need to fold, even after hitting a pair on the flop. However, if you completely miss the flop, it's easier to stay out of trouble with an Ace-Queen. Sometimes, it is worth calling in position with this hand before the flop to keep the pot small and still get paid if you pair one of your two hole cards. Like a suited ace-king or ace-queen, this hand can make a royal flush. However, it is one that is worth playing more carefully; especially if a player has raised from early position.
Any ace-king or ace-queen combination still has you beat if you pair your ace, so you don't want to fall in love with an ace-jack. Just edging out ace-ten suited and pocket nines, king-queen suited is a hand that is said to 'flop well'. It can make a large number of straights and flushes, while just hitting one pair will sometimes give you the best hand. However, you should be able to fold this hand fairly easily if the action before you suggests other players are entering the pot with a strong hand.
This hand consists of an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same suit. A Royal Flush is unbeatable by any other hand combination. A Royal Flush differentiates from a Straight Flush, since it is a sequence or straight of the highest possible cards within a suit.
As long as the cards making up the Royal Flush consist of one uniform suit, then the suit itself does not matter. In a deck of 52 cards, the probability of the first player to receive one in a game of Texas Hold'em poker is approximately 1 in 30, A Straight Flush is a poker hand consisting of five cards that ascend or descend in number or rank, as well as all in a single suit.
For example, a Straight Flush could consist of a Queen, Jack, 10, 9, and 8 of the same suit. In the forty possibly poker combinations of Straight Flush hands, there are some that come more valuable than others with the highest being a King-high Straight Flush.
The value of the Straight Flush is judged by its highest ranking card. Other than being a much loved situational comedy from the s, a Full House in poker is a hand consisting of three cards of the same number or rank, and two cards of another.
For example, a Full House hand could be three sixes and two kings. Full Houses are ranked by the number or rank of the triplet, followed by the rank of the pair that follows. This means that not all full houses are equal, as royal flushes are. A Flush beats any high card hand, a single pair, two pairs, three-of-a-kind, or a straight. However, when two flush hands are in competition, the value of the flush hand is judged by its highest ranking card — a hand consisting of a King, 8, 7, 4, and 2 is higher in value than one consisting of Queen, Jack, 9, 7, and 3.
In Texas Hold'em, no suit is considered "higher" or more valuable than another. Though there doesn't tend to be a standard suit ranking in poker as all suits are created equal, some games incorporate a ranking system to suits.
The most common suit ranking goes in this order from lowest to highest: Suits can be used in some games as a tie breaker for like hands. If you find this poker hands chart misleading, I made a list as well. Make sure to remember all hands rankings in order from strongest one to the weakest, and you will be able to recognize this in the game with a blink of the eye. For example 6s 7s 8s 9s Ts. Three of a kind: There are few situations where players can have a similar holding, but you still need to decide the winner of a particular poker hand.
If two players have one pair hand, the one holding a higher pair will win. Therefore, KKxxx will always win against JJxxx and so on. If the top non-pair card is the same like KKQT3 vs.
KKQ94 than you have to compare the second high card and if that is the same than the third one. The pot will be split if all five cards are the same and both players end up having the identical combination. It could happen with two pair hands as well. When both players have two pairs, the winners is one holding the highest pair.
If the highest pair is the same then you have to compare the lower pair, and if that is the same as well, then the kicker decides JJ wins against TT When both players have a flush, the winner is one who holds a higher one KhQh8h6h3h wins against KsQs7s4s3s.
When both players have a straight, the winner is one who holds the higher card combination QJT98 wins against T When both players have full houses, the winner is one who holds higher 3-cards of the same rank wins against AA.
When both players have nothing, the winner is one holding the highest card. If the highest card is the same, then you have to compare the second one and so on until you find the difference AQJ85 wins against AQJ I hope that by now you have a full understanding of which poker hands beat which and general Texas Holdem poker rules.
If that is the case, we can start discussing preflop strategy and hand selection. As you probably know, the best hand preflop is pocket aces AA. The "s" refers to suited cards of the same suit. The "o" refers to two cards that are off-suit. If both the "s" and "o" are missing, then it does not matter if the hand is suited or off-suit. The only pairs excluded would be 22, 33 and Many advanced players will argue that position is the single most important factor in playing Texas Hold'em, even more than the cards you hold.
The image below displays the positions at a typical full ring table. For 10 players simply add an additional middle position player. Meanings of the abbreviations are as follows:. The chart below will give you a basic guide on which hands can be played from which position. The default chart shows paired hands and suited hands. Click the button to switch to off-suit hands.
Pairs always look great, but often in one-on-ones you may be no more than a shot to win the hand. Premium pairs should always be raised pre-flop, but 'set mining' with smaller pairs in Early Position EP can be good if the pots are small. When facing limpers in middle position, late position, or the blinds, you're usually going to want to over-limp, rather than raise.
This is because one raise will usually not fold everyone out of the pot, and it's difficult to flop any kind of hand with a small pocket pair if you don't flop a set. Small pairs also usually tend to be second, third, or even fourth pair on the flop, so they will be in bad shape against most hands that have connected with the flop.
When there is already a single raise, small pocket pairs will usually be good hands to fold against good players. Again, they just don't hit the flop often enough to play very well. Hitting the flop isn't everything in poker, but good poker hands are ones that connect with a lot of flops, or make up for not connecting by already being strong on their own.
Small pocket pairs do neither. However, if there is a single raise and a couple callers, you can often call with these hands, hoping to flop a set and win a big pot. With more players in you have better pot odds, and a better chance that someone will flop something they will put money in with against your set. But if you're ever facing a 3-bet with a small pocket pair, you're usually going to be better off just folding. You should follow a lot of the same guidelines with mid pairs as you do with small pairs.
The goal a lot of the time will be to hit a set, and you usually won't be able to play a big pot post flop if you don't hit one, but mid pairs have a lot more flexibility. Mid pairs inherently have a lot more strength than small pocket pairs, because they effectively gain another way that they win the pot at showdown: This alone means you can play mid pocket pairs from any position, and you'll want to be coming in for a raise with them if you're opening the pot.
In most cases these hands will play themselves before the flop. In most games you'll want to raise with these hands regardless of what the poker rankings are pre-flop, and be willing to put your stack all in before the flop if you're able to assuming big blind or smaller effective stacks.
There are tighter games, and especially online you won't always want to get all in with QQ pre-flop, and in many live games, people won't be 3betting very wide, so you won't necessarily want to keep re-raising it. But most of the time, 4betting or 5betting all of these hands will be the best play. You can sometimes trap with AA pre-flop, by not 4betting when normally you would, but it's usually better not to do that with KK or worse. Everyone knows that Aces are Bullets and Kings are Cowboys, but there are more hands with strange names than you might think!
You can read more about hand nicknames and poker rankings in our guide. Jacks play well pre-flop but if you get out-drawn on the flop they can be tricky. Play them strongly in LP, and - depending on your table - re-raise in EP too.
However, don't be afraid to let them go post flop against pressure with overcards on the board. In a full-ring game, A2 plays almost the same as something like A9. If they are suited, even better, as they can provide semi-bluffing opportunities.
Making a flush draw is usually enough to allow you to continue far into a pot - especially if you use your ace as a blocker - and making a flush often means a decent payoff.
So you'll want to see flops with this hand for relatively cheap. If you have something like AJs or ATs, these hands will often be dominated when facing 3bets, so without reads it will usually be best to fold them to a lot of aggression. It's also important to keep in mind that when playing these hands after the flop, the top pair that you make will not usually be the best one pair hand possible, so occasionally you will have to be willing to give up your top pair good kicker. A lot of people, meanwhile, overplay Ax offsuit.
They are terrible hands unless you 3-bet bluff them pre-flop. Always pay attention to your table dynamic before doing this, though. Often, Ax hands won't make strong ace pairs on the flop and you may well end up being outdrawn. We advise a fold in most spots, especially to tight players who are playing more premium hands.
The most common situation with suited connectors, aside from flopping absolutely nothing, will be flopping some sort of small piece like a pair or a gutshot. After that comes the chances of flopping some sort of stronger draw like an open-ended straight draw or a flush draw. Significantly behind that are the chances of flopping a big hand such as two-pair or better.
Another consideration is that you will occasionally have reverse implied odds with this hand, when you make the bottom end of a straight or a weak flush draw. It's hard to fold that kind of hand, but sometimes you'll have to do it if you want to be able to play these hands profitably.
But for the most part, when you make your hand with a suited connector, you will be good to go, and often have a fairly disguised hand. Because of the above considerations, suited connectors are fairly constrained by the immediate odds you are getting before the flop. For example, you are almost never going to be able to stand a 3-bet with this kind of hand unless the effective stacks are fairly deep, and you think you will have a decent edge on your opponent. Suited connectors also play much better in position than out of position, so while it makes sense to open-raise them from late position, you will likely want to muck them from early position.