Starting Hands in Texas Hold’em

Congratulations! You have just finished the fifth lesson.

Good job!

Now lets recap:

  • when you want to play a hand you should always open the pot if it hasn’t been raised already
  • if it has, you just want to call most of the time
  • you want to only play the base at the beggining
  • this is about 10% of hands
  • so all the pocket pairs from 22 to AA
  • suited AK, AQ, AJ, AT, and also KQ
  • off-suited AK AQ AJ
  • and that’s it
  • on micro stakes if you only play these hands and you play them aggressively you will be a winning player, it’s a guarantee
  • when you get more experience with playing for real money, you should gradually start adding more hands, especially from later positions
  • depending on a style of play you’ll develop you’ll want to play more or less of the following hands:
  • suited broadway cards KJ, KT, QJ, QT, JT
  • off-suited broadway cards AT, KQ, KJ, KT, QJ, QT, JT
  • suited connectors T9, 98, 87, 76, 65, 54, 43, 32
  • suited aces A9, A8, A7, A6, A5, A4, A3, A2
  • all these hands make up almost 23% of hands

Mission #5

Play at least 500 hands of real money cash games at full ring tables of the lowest possible stakes($0.01/$0.02) and only play the base hands.
Experiment with playing more hands as your position gets closer to the dealer button.

From late position only play the base.

From middle add suited KJ, QJ, JT, T9, 98, A9, A8.

From late positions add all suited connectors,  off-suited broadway cards and maybe the rest of suited aces.

But remember to only try and play all these additional hands when the action is folded around to you, so that you can open with them. You can sometimes call, but try not to do that often from middle positions.