Texas Hold’em Starting Hands

August 6, 2009

As many people will tell you there are a wide variety of starting hands which can be applied at the beginning of the game. This guide will however only concentrate on the hands allow for you to win.

Below are some of the guidelines which we will be using to indicate the best hand to use. Each hand will be colour coded and also noted which cards can be used. Hopefully this guide will give you the best possible start.

  • Blue – represents the top ten stating hands which can be raised and re-raised at any time throughout the game
  • Green – represents the best call to make early in the game which you can then continue to raise in further rounds.
  • Orange – represents the best call to make in middle or late stages of the game.
  • Purple – represents the best call which can only made in the last stage of the game.

Starting Hands

  1. Any Pair – this is great starting hand which will give you the option of creating a high pair, two pair, three of a kind, a full house or a four of a kind. The higher the starting pair which you have the better chance of winning the game.

    Below are a few varieties which can be played, these can be played in any suite

    1. Ace + Ace, King + King, Queen + Queen or Jack + Jack
    2. 10 + 10, 9 + 9 or 8 + 8
    3. 7 + 7, 6 + 6, 5 + 5, 4 + 4, 3 + 3, 2 + 2
  2. Any high card (Ace to Jack, no numbers) with any card matching the suit – they provide you with the possibility of high pair, two pair, three of a kind, flush, straight and straight flush. With an Ace, King or Queen arranged correctly can be made into a flush.

    Below are a few varieties which can be played, these have to played with matching suites

    1. Ace + King, Ace + Queen, Ace + Jack, Ace + 10, Ace + 9, Ace + 8, Ace + 7, Ace + 6, Ace + 5, Ace + 4, Ace + 3, Ace + 2
    2. King + Queen, King + Jack, King + 10, King + 9, King + 8, King + 7, King + 6, King + 5, King + 4, King + 3,King + 2
    3. Queen + Jack, Queen + 10, Queen + 9, Queen + 8, Queen + 7, Queen + 6, Queen + 5, Queen + 4, Queen + 3, Queen + 2
    4. Jack + 10, Jack + 9, Jack + 8, Jack + 7, Jack + 6, Jack + 5
    5. 10 + 9, 10 + 8, 10 + 7, 10 + 6
  3. Any high card (Ace to Jack, no numbers) with any different suit high card – these cards could provide you with a opportunity to play either a high pair or a straight.
    1. Ace + King, Ace + Queen, Ace + Jack, Ace + 10, Ace + 9
    2. King + Queen, King + Jack, King + 10, King + 9
    3. Queen + Jack, Queen + 10, Queen + 9
    4. Jack + 10, Jack + 9
    5. 10 + 9
  4. Low card (numbered cards) with any matching suit low card – These cards can give you the possibility of creating a flush or a straight as they have the same suite in common.

    Below are a few varieties which can be played, these have to played with matching suites

    1. 9 + 8, 9 + 7, 9 + 6
    2. 8 + 7, 8 + 6, 8 + 5
    3. 7 + 6, 7 + 5
    4. 6 + 5, 6 + 4
    5. 5 + 4, 5 + 3
    6. 4 + 3

NOTE: If you happen to have none of the hands mentioned above, I would recommend you fold and try again next time.