Poker belongs to the group of card games. It combines gambling, strategy, and skill. There are different poker variants and each involves betting and determine the winner of each hand according to the combinations of players’ cards. It is a hazardous game and sometimes you need a good luck, patience, and good nerves. Today poker is developed and professional game, risky, challenging and imaginative. You might do not know anything in advance, so you bet in accordance with so-called starting hands. Each professional bets according to the rank they believe their starting hand is worth as compared to the other players. One of the best ways to become a successful poker player is to know which starting hands to play and which to fold. Also, there is a risk that even a great starting hands can be turned bad quickly after wrong community cards fall on the board.
Poker professionals are well paid, and on the other hand, they elaborated their strategies perfectly.
Some of the best world poker professionals are Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Fedor Holz, Phil Ivey. John Juanda, Sam Trickett, Bryan Kenney. Not to mention their annual earnings. They have tactics and some opinions regarding staring hands.
Daniel Negreanu, for instance, says that you can get big starting hands or smaller starting hands. You need to take a risk, and to think forward. According to his words, if you are the first to enter the pot with any of these hands, it would be the best if you make a standard small ball raise – bet slightly less in hopes of winning a lot more. Your goal with middle pairs is to win a big pot by flopping a set. Daniel suggests treating small pairs in the same way as middle pairs.
Commonly, the best starting hands would be the following:
This can be played from any position – early, middle and late. Pocket aces are a strong pre-flop favorite over any other two cards, and they are 4:1 favorite over almost any hand in poker. Statistically, you will be dealt pocket aces once every 221 hands.
This is the second best hand and will win you some big pots. Pocket kings are also called “cowboys” or “King Kong”. Kings have roughly 70% equity versus any ace.
Two queens, or “ladies” are a very good hand in poker. Yeah, kings and aces will beat you, but you will always have an upper hand over jacks, tens and below cards. While these hands are a great strength pre-flop, they are very difficult to play post-flop.
4. Ace-King (suited)
Ace-King is again a premium hand in some types of poker like Texas Holdem. It is one of the strongest drawing hands though, the flop needs to work for you to give you a pair of aces or kings. It is the strongest unpaired holding also known as “big slick,” or “Anna Kournikova”,
Also known as “hooks”, is again one of the best starting hands in poker. Generally, you will win almost 20% of the time with this hand. If the flop shows a queen, king, or ace, be careful, but otherwise, it is a winning hand for you.
With this insights and explanations, you might wish to try playing poker. Try it at home for practice. Watch carefully to the starting hands. Do not rush, Be patient, do not play by heart. Take time, think forward. Maybe Daniels suggestion is good for you, and if not, make strategy on your own. And good luck.