Pocket cards? Suited cards? All you yearn is for two cards that have the best chance to win in Texas Hold'em and pondering over it makes it a really maddening game at least for beginners. Knowing which hands are playable or not is one of the primary parts to become a strong Texas Hold’em player. Here is a list of the top starting hands in Texas Hold’em using pocket cards. Note that the belief does differ on which starting hands are best and it also depends on the other aspects such as a number of players in the hand, community cards and your position.
Pocket Aces or Ace- Ace
Pocket Aces are considered as the best hand in the starting hand when playing Texas Hold’em. The ideal situation for the pocket aces is to head up on the flop and do not slow play. However, winning chances of pocket aces may go down when more players enter the pot. So, the less opponent in the hand the better.
Pocket Kings or King-King
Pocket Kings are considered as the second best starting hand in Texas Hold’em. Except pocket aces where it has only 18 % of chance, it rules all other pocket players with an 80-82% chance to succeed. When you hit the flop, you can slim down the field to one or two opponents with raising. Raise and re-raise are indeed a successful way to go when playing with Pocket Kings.
Pocket Queens or Queen-Queen
Pocket Queens are considered as the third most powerful starting hand in the Texas Hold’em. Your position will certainly define the way you play pocket queen pre-flop. You might get up against pocket aces or pocket kings if you get into a raising war. Statistically, the chances of your pocket queen getting up against pocket kings or aces are very low but you might need to assess the situation if the betting gets very heavy before the flop.
Pocket Jacks or Jack-Jack
Pocket Jacks are considered as the fifth most powerful starting hand in the Texas Hold’em. They are considered as the weakest and need to be handled with care. Playing JJ can be really tricky before the flop and get really mistier after the flop. The best thing about JJ is that they are one of the best hands before the flop. Raising and re-raising will help you to decide whether or not you are beat. If an opponent has come in for an early-position raise, then you need to be more cautious.
Pocket Tens or Ten-Ten
Known as TNT or dynamite, having pocket tens can give you a head-start. This is the only starting hand in top starting hands without a face card. Chances are that dynamite will fair well against other premium hands since many people will be playing premium hands. Nonetheless, they will still win against over-cards.