Poker Starting Hand Strategy

Texas Hold'em Starting Hands

In this episode, you'll learn about starting hands. The two 'hole' cards that you are dealt at the beginning of each round make up your starting hand. Your hole cards can be paired or unpaired, high ranked or low ranked, suited or non-suited, connected or unconnected. We'll review how these factors determine the strength of your starting hand.

When your hand is strong enough and the situation is right, you'll want to see the 'flop' – the first three cards that are dealt face-up on the table. It's important to play aggressively. The correct move when you want to see the flop is usually to raise, rather than just bet the minimum. In other words, don't 'limp'. If your hand is too weak, simply fold.

These concepts are brought to life when we visit a key hand from the Copenhagen leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT). Richard Toth elects to play Q-9, with dramatic results.

Starting hands are explained in the tutorial segments of this episode, and also discussed in-depth by poker champions Daniel Negreanu and Joe Hachem. All this is followed by a fascinating look into the minds of poker pros like Liv Boeree and Jose 'Nacho' Barbero as they debate the best ways to evaluate and play some tough starting hands.
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