Groups of Best Starting Hands in Poker

Poker India | August 22nd, 2016 | Poker Strategy, Tips and Tricks

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Many theorists have published various ranking systems of the best starting hands in poker. They have analysed all possible hands to come up with a chart that ranks every hand. Although there are many versions of the ranks, the most accepted groups of best starting hands are mentioned below:

The groups of best starting hands represent both suited and off-suited versions. However, the suited version ranks slightly higher than off-suited hands by 5%. Thus, a suited J-J suited is a bit higher than off-suited J-J.

The cards are divided into seven groups according to the order of the highest ranks:

Group 1: A-A and K-K are called as the Premium Hands, as they are the most powerful hands in poker games.

Group 2: A-K, Q-Q and J-J are strong hands that give you more chances of winning.

Group 3: A-Q, 10-10, 9-9 and 8-8 are considered as good hands that you can opt to play in poker.

Group 4: A-J, K-Q, 7-7, 6-6 and 5-5 are marginal hands that are good enough to bet in online poker games.

Group 5: A-10, K-J, K-10, 4-4 and 3-3 are also marginal hands that are ranked one class lower than Group 4.

Group 6: A-9, Q-J, Q-10, J-10 and 22 are considered as weak hands and are ranked lower in the list of ranks.

Group 7: A-8, K-9, Q-9, J-9 and lower are ranked at the lowest position in best starting hand cards.

These groups can be best used for a game of seven to ten players. However, this list helps you even better if the players decrease while seeing the flop. The strength of a pair increases if you face only one opponent as compared to six. If a lot of players see the flop, suited connectors become stronger and you will face stiff competition to make a flush or straight with them.

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