The game of Texas Hold’em poker takes only a few minutes, but during a real hand is so much going on that it can take many years for a player to be good enough to win consistently. Everything starts with the first two cards. Knowing when to play and when to skip a hand is the first crucial step in winning Texas Hold’em Poker. Today I’m going to run a bunch of starting hands and what to think about when you get them. This list assumes that you are playing at a table with seven or more players and that you are new to poker.
The big hands
If you get one of the following four hands, you should raise when it’s your turn to bet. If someone has already raised the pot, increase it again.
The four big hands are: QQ, KK, AA and AK.
The limp hands
If you find a pair of aft, ninth, tenth, or top-level jacks, you’re in the pot, meaning you’re calling the minimum bet. However, if someone has raised the pot, you should consider folding. You are most likely beaten. Some players will limp with each pair, others with fours or higher and so on. You will find out for yourself.
There are times when you want to limp with hands that may pay off. Normally you will play these hands when you are in the blinds or in the late position (one of the last positions). When the pot is raised, fold it.
These hands are: KJ, AT, QJ, AQ, AJ, KQ and JT. If these pointers are appropriate, their value increases because of the possibility of a flush or a straight flush.
Many newer players get into trouble with some of these hands because they get envy cards. Learn when to put your hands on and your winnings will rise. If you have a hand that is not listed here, it should most likely be folded. There are times when you click on the button if you want to play something like a ’65 (suitable). However, if you play too many junk hands, you will lose your chips. First, you want to play tight. When you learn the poker game, open up and expand your gaming skills.