Texas Hold’Em Poker Strategy-Playing The Opening Hand

by | Aug 26, 2017 | Poker News

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Poker is a game of strategy, mixed with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of acting thrown in.  We can’t help you with the luck part unless we threw you a rabbit’s foot or a four leaf clover and we can’t teach you drama class 101 because with acting, you either got it or you don’t!  But the one thing we can help with is finding a strategy to help keep you in the game in some of the bigger poker tournaments you will play in. In this article, we will talk about Poker Strategy and hopefully you will find it advantageous in your poker playing!

The strategy we will talk about is playing your opening hand.  Many games are won and lost, simply from the opening hand.  The crazy part about playing the opening hand is many people try to get fancy and make something out of nothing from the opening hand.  This article will help guide you on what hands to play from the start and what hands to bail out on.

For starters, position is a major factor in the hand you're dealt and there really is nothing you can do about position as it will change after every hand. We will move onto the cards you're dealt. With that said, this is one strategy that works for me. What works for me, may not work for you and what works for you, may not work for the next person. This is simply a strategy to consider.

Opening Hands to Raise From Any Position

The following hands are opening hands that you should raise, no matter where you are on the table. These are the best hands you will get dealt and ones that you should always raise, no matter where you are at the table
(All abbreviations refer to the card rank with (o) being out of suite and (s) being same suite)
AA, AK, AQ, AH, A10s, AKo, KK, KQs, AQo, QQ, AJo, JJ, 10-10, 9-9, 8-8, 7-7

Opening Hands That You Should Raise From The Middle Position

(All abbreviations refer to the card rank with (o) being out of suite and (s) being same suite)
A9s, A8s, A7s, KJs, K10s, KQo, QJs, KJo, A10o, 66, 55

Opening Hands That You Should Raise From The Late Position OR The Button

(All abbreviations refer to the card rank with (o) being out of suite and (s) being same suite)
A6s, A5s, A4s, A3s, A2s, K9s, Q10s, QJo, J10s, K10o, A9o, 44, 33, 22

Opening Hands That You Should Raise From The Button

(All abbreviations refer to the card rank with (o) being out of suite and (s) being same suite)
K8s, K7s, K6s, K5s, K4s, K3s, K2s,Q9s, Q8s, J9s, J8s, Q10o, J10o, 10-9s, 10-8s, K9o, Q9o, 9-8s, 9-7s, A8o, 8-7s, 8-6s, A7o, 7-6s, 7-5s, A6o, 6-5s, A5o, 5-4s, A4o, A3o, A2o.

Opening Hands That You Should Fold

This is pretty much common sense but for those that are questioning, if the hand is not listed above, FOLD that hand. You put much more weight in the luck than you do in the skill and your current standing. The risk does NOT outweigh the reward. FOLD the hand and forget it!

By utilizing this theory from the very beginning of your opening hand, you will drastically place the advantage on your side and help you win more games.

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