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Texas Holdem Strategy

Hold'em is considered to be a high card game. The player who holds two good high cards is strongly favored to have the best hand or a draw to the best hand after the flop. It is always recommended that, from early betting positions, you should play only strong hands that will stand a raise or multiple raises. From the later positions, if you have a good chance of seeing the flop at a reasonable price, play medium strength and other playable hands. Most of the times you should try playing strong high hands, playing them very aggressively and take all the raises you can get. Remember that you are reducing your chances of winning if you don't thin out the competition. Before the flop, your aggressive play only adds credibility to any strong play you might want to use on the next round if a garbage flop falls and you want to try a steal. You should be ready to fold your high pair if you get a lot of action with a threatening flop.


Term Meaning
High cards Hands starting from AAA and down to 101010. If you fast play these, your opponents will put you on a high pair.
Medium Cards Hands starting from 999 down to 777
Low cards Hands starting from 666 down to 222. You should slow play these until your 5th street bet and keep other players guessing.
Suited Player Hand (S) When you have both cards of the same suit
Set When you have three of a kind with two of the three in your hand. It is called Trips when you have one in your hand and two on the board.
Nut Hand or Lock
Is an unbeatable hand
Flop, Turn, River The community cards in the order of distribution
Fast play Bet, raise and re-raise to get as many other players out as possible
Slow play When you check and call along to keep other players in the game and increase the pot odds
Check-fold Check when you can and fold if you are bet into. Gladly accept all free cards offered .

Starting Holdem Hands

The starting hands explained here are in the decreasing power order groups. The names are simple so that they are easy to remember.
Starting Hand What it means?
Pair of high cards AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010
Ace and high card suited AK(S), AQ(S), AJ(S), A10(S)
Faces suited KQ(S), KJ(S), QJ(S)
Ace king AK

Medium Strength Hands

Starting Hand What it means?
Face Ten Suited K10(S), Q10(S), J10(S)
Medium pairs 99, 88, 77
Two high cards AQ, AJ, A10 (ace king ranks higher, above), KQ down to J10
Medium suited connectors (no gap/one gap) J9 (S), 109(S), 108(S), 98(S), 97(S) down to 75(S)
Ace and medium suited A9 (S), A8 (S), A7 (S)

Other Conditional Hand

Starting Hand What it means?
Ace and Low Suited 22A6(S), A5 (S), A4 (S), A3 (S), A2 (S)
Low Pairs 66, 55, 44, 33,
Low Suited Connectors (No Gap/One Gap) 65(S), 64(S), 54(S,) 53(S) (lowest)

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