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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.