Texas Hold’em Poker: Getting Started Guide

Texas Hold’em Poker takes minutes to learn, but there is so much going on under an actual hand that it can take many years before a player is good enough to win consistently. It all starts with the first two cards.

Texas Hold’em Poker: Getting Started Guide

One of the keys to being a strong Texas Hold’em Poker player is to know which hands are paylable.

Today we will run a series of starting hands down and what to think about doing when you get them. This list assumes that you are playing at a table with seven or more players and that you are something new in the game of Poker.

Big Pairs

If you receive one of the following four hands, raise when it’s your turn to bet. If someone has already raised the pot, then re-raise. The four big hands are: AA, KK, QQ and AK.

One Pair

If you find yourself with a top level pair of eighths, nines, tens or Jacks, you will lag in the pot, which means just calling the minimum bet. But if someone has raised the pot, you will want to consider folding. You’re probably beaten. Some players will lag with any pair, others with pairs of four or higher, etc. This is something you will find out for yourself.

High Cards

There are times when you will want to hang in with hands that may pay off. Usually you will play these hands when you are in the blinds or late position (one of the last to trade). If the pan rises, fold it.

These hands are: AQ, AJ, AT, KQ, KJ, QJ and possibly JT. If these hands are suitable, their value increases because you get the option of a rinse or straight rinse.

Many beginners get problems with some of these hands because they get envy on face cards. Learn when to put your hands up and your profits will increase. If you have a hand not listed here, it will most likely need to be folded.

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