The chart of starting hands when playing poker allows you to determine which cards it makes sense to play in a particular case. Of course, there are different situations. If you do not have much money left in the bank, then the range of hands will increase with each subsequent distribution. But standard hand charts help determine the odds of winning a regular game.
Remember that hand charts will differ in different types of poker. Therefore, you should not use the same data when playing Omaha and Texas Hold'em.
Which pocket cards to play?
When choosing pocket cards that make sense, you should consider various factors. Indeed, in poker, not everything is clear: even with the weakest cards in your hands, you can beat an opponent who has two aces in his hands. You may be lucky anyway. But the question is not who is lucky. And what are the chances of being lucky.
If you start from analytics and real chances, then your profit will increase over long distances. The dynamics of profit or loss over a long period should be taken into account, and not profit per hour or even per day.
Starting hand charts may vary due to the following factors:
- The size of your bankroll;
- Type of poker;
- Number of rivals:
- Your position at the table;
- The chosen strategy.
But when determining the optimal range, various general factors are taken into account, which in any case will affect the distribution:
- There are premium cards. These are pairs of aces, kings, queens and suited combinations of top cards. They drop out in just 2% cases and are played out all the time;
- The top ten hands are also distinguished, which are also almost always played. This pair of jacks, a combination of large multi-sized cards;
- You can also find the top 20, top 30 hands that should be played. If you get a similar "grain" - you should almost always continue the game:
How to read the chart?
At first it might seem that nothing can be understood from this table. But you only need to take some time to analyze it. It shows all the starting hands that poker players can get. There are not many combinations.
Typically, the charts highlight combinations that make sense to play in a given situation. Often in the tables different combinations with different colors can stand out. Then you should read the postscripts that will explain the meaning of these designations.
You should also understand the designation of some letters:
- s - pairs of the same suit;
- o - a variety of cards;
- A - aces;
- K are the kings;
- Q - ladies;
- J - jacks;
- h - worms;
- d - tambourines;
- c - clubs;
- s are the peaks.
If you see a designation without a suit, it simply does not matter in combination (in many types of poker, suits are equal in strength, therefore they are not so important).
You can choose the starting hands chart based on your tactics. If you intend to play tight - take charts with premium and other top combinations.
To implement aggressive strategies, you can choose a more extensive chart.
Choosing the starting hands chart correctly is a task that should be approached with all the knowledge and skills in order to provide yourself with a competent and promising start for each distribution.