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    HOLD'EM PRE-FLOP RANKINGS

    Keep in mind there are many differing opinions to value of starting hands in Texas Hold’em. Rankings will vary according to table position and with the type of game.

    Group 1 - The best starting hands
    • Ace-Ace
    • King-King
    • Ace-King suited
    • Queen-Queen
    • Jack-Jack

    Groups 2 and 3 - Other very strong starting hands
    • Ace-Queen, Ace-Jack, Ace-10 all suited
    • Ace-King
    • King-Queen suited
    • 10-10
    • Ace-10, King-Jack, Queen-Jack, Jack-10 all suited
    • Ace-Queen, Ace-Jack
    • 9-9
    • King-Queen
    • King-10, Queen-10 suited

    Groups 4 and 5 Hands - playable in most positions but not as strong as the above.
    • 8-8
    • Jack-9 10-9 both suited
    • 7-7
    • 9-8,8-7 both suited
    • Ace with any other suited card
    • King-Jack, Queen-Jack, Jack-10

    Groups 6,7 and 8 - Decent hands best played sparingly and in late position

    *Any low pair (e.g. pairs below 7)
    *Connected suited card, such as 8-7,5-4,4-3
    *Ace-10, King-10, Queen-10
    *King-9, Jack-8 both suited

    Any hand not mentioned is generally regard as a weak hand and should only be played in situations where you have an advantage on your opponent. Example: Late position with no callers against the blinds or against weak players.



    Preflop Poker Hands and Position

    Position is everything in texas hold'em. It is definitely the most important aspect of the game. The importance of position in hold'em cannot be emphasized enough. You must play very tight poker in early position, but you should loosen way up as you get closer to the button. Not only do you open yourself up to a greater potential to get raised when you open early, you will have the same bad position for all betting rounds including the more expensive later rounds, and that is the main reason to consider position when you decide whether or not to play a hand. Your opponent(s) will have to act first in hands you play from better position, and you will get to react to their plays, and it will be easier to read their hands. The value of position cannot be specifically quantified, but there are many advantages to position in texas hold'em, and they are all HUGE. Overall, you will win more and lose less on the hands that you play from better position. The advantages of position allow you to play increasingly weaker starting hands profitably from better position.

    The most important decision you will make in playing a hand is whether or not to play it at all. The following table lists the minimum required hands to consider playing a pot according to your playing position. "Consider playing a pot" is stated because you would play these cards from the corresponding position if the hand develops appropriately for your particular cards. Texas hold'em is a situational game. There are many factors that go into a decision to enter a pot. It always depends on the specific situation (how the hand develops as well as the game, the stakes, the players, their frame of mind etc.). That being said, the table below lists some general pre-flop requirements to consider entering a pot according to position in a ten-handed limit hold'em ring game. You should never consider playing a hand that is weaker than what is listed for each position, and you should often pass on the middle and late position hands if the pot does not develop correctly for your starting hand.