Holdem Poker Hands
The fundamental rules on how to play Texas Hold’em Poker will depend on the specific version of poker you are playing. In the basic version of poker, there is a betting limit, and the flop is determined by a random draw. Texas Hold’em Poker tells the same story with slight variations on the details. In the standard version of poker, your starting hand consists of either two hole cards, that belong to yourself and stay hidden from your opponent’s, or five community cards dealt to you. After the flop, betting starts and continues through the whole hand.
If you are playing in a tournament, then your hand selection will have to be based on the types of chips at stake. Tournament poker is a high-stakes game, so all your chips should be of premium quality. In a cash game, the buying-in is also of crucial importance. When you bet, you need to have a certain level of chips (usually more than six chips), or you can’t call. However, your betting limit may not exceed the maximum bet you committed.
Texas Hold’em Poker hands generally follow a pattern, as follows. When you are holding the flop, call and raise early. If you are behind and the other players follow suit, you must call. In a straight game, you have a good possibility to raise before the turn, if you have three outs. In a flush, you have an excellent chance of raising, but you must keep checking to prevent being called.
There are seven suits in Texas Hold’em Poker, namely, the Ace-Queen-Deuce-10, King-10, Jack-10, Queen-8, Deuce-4, and The Ace-10. The suits are further split into pairs. For instance, Ace-8 is the opposite suit of the King and the Deuce is the opposite suit of the queen. Poker tells us that these pairs are the best hands in the hand dealt. Now let’s look at some of the best hands.
Let’s see how the hand rankings work. We will first look at the pairs. There is a much smaller window for errors here, since all the pairs are fairly well known. Therefore, we can eliminate bluffs. Keep in mind though, that the best hands will usually win the pot, so do not play trashy cards!
Now let’s look at the big pair, the Ace-10. This is the worst starting hand in Texas Holdem Poker. You are most likely to lose the pot pre-flop here because you will often be chasing cards. If you hit the flop with an Ace-10, you have to make the decision whether or not to raise the money. If the odds are bad, it might be best to pass on the flop and try to get value from your two other big pairs, including the Ace-10.