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Texas Holdem Poker Preflop Strategy - Poker Starting Hands

Because Texas Hold’em poker is very complex game it is impossible to draw any strict rules that will guarantee you to play winning poker. The only part of Texas Hold’em poker game where can be successfully applied some particular rules is Texas Holdem preflop starting poker hands strategy.  

Texas Holdem Poker Preflop Strategy

The decision which poker starting hands combinations should be played preflop can be made based on Texas Holdem preflop starting hand value ranking . Remember that sometimes you should play also weaker poker starting hands combinations to make your poker preflop strategy game less readable. Poker preflop hand value ranking is based on starting hands groups and poker hand rankings. Poker starting hands combinations from the same group can be played in pretty much the same way. As you will become more experienced poker player you will be thinking rather in terms of EV (expected value based on preflop odds) of each preflop poker strating hands combination rather than in groups. Poker odds calculator is another tool that may help you with learning preflop odds as well aspreflop strategy.

Keep in mind that the Texas Holdem poker preflop strategy and the poker starting hands groups you are going to play depend on playing style and quality of poker players at your table and your position. You will need lot of practice at poker tables to master this preflop part of poker strategy which is important part of learning to play winning poker.  
 
Below you can find the preflop poker starting hand ranking.

Poker Starting Hands Groups

s – suited
x – low card
T – 10 

  1. AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AKs
  2. TT, AQs, AJs, KQs, AK
  3. 99, JTs, QJs, KJs, ATs, AQ
  4. T9s, KQ, 88, QTs, 98s, J9s, AJ, KTs
  5. 77, 87s, Q9s, T8s, KJ, QJ, JT, 76s, 97s, Axs, 65s
  6. 66, AT, 55, 86s, KT, QT, 54s, K9s, J8s, 75s
  7. 44, J9, 64s,  T9, 53s, 33, 98, 43s, 22, Kxs, T7s, Q8s
  8. 87, A9, Q9, 76, 42s, 32s, 96s, 85s, J8, J7s, 65, 54, 74s, K9, T8

The poker starting hands listed in each group first have higher rank. 

Texas Holdem Poker Preflop Strategy

Early position preflop
first 3 position to the left of big blind) 

Poker Starting Hands - Early Position
Unraised: Raised:
Aggresive games: unraised: first 3 groups Tight player: first 2 groups (you should fold weaker combinations as KQs)
Normal game: first 4 groups Loose player: first 3 groups 
Passive games: first 4 groups + suited connectors  Advice: In case there are just few callers always raise preflop

Middle position preflop
(5,6 and 7th position to the left of big blind) 

Middle Position
Unraised:

Raised:

Aggresive games: unraised: first 4 groups Tight player: first 2
Normal game: first 5 groups Loose player: first 4 groups 
Passive games: first 6 groups  Advice: Always raise preflop if there are few or no callers or you expect that other players will fold 

Late position preflop
(button and player to the right of the button) 

Late Position
Unraised: Raised:
Aggresive games: unraised: first 6 groups Tight player: first 3 groups
Normal game: first 7 groups Loose player: first 5 groups 
Passive games: first 8 groups  Advice: Always raise preflop if there are few or no callers 

Blinds 

Blinds
Unraised: Raised:
Aggresive games: unraised: first 2 groups Tight player: first 2 groups (you should fold weaker combinations as KQs)
Normal game: first 3 groups Trying to steal blinds: first 6 groups 
Passive games: first 5 groups  Advice: Raise only with first 2 group hands 

What Texas Holdem poker preflop rules to remember: 

  • always raise preflop, rarely call unless you are in blinds
  • in raised pot preflop rather re-raise or fold than call
  • always make your decisions based on your poker starting hands strength - preflop odds, position and quality of your opponents

For more complex view into Texas Holdem poker preflop strategy and strategy on and after the flop check our the best poker books reviews or recommended learning poker portals that can be found in our learn how to play poker section. 

Poker Hand Nicknames Poker Hands Rankings
Poker Hand Nicknames Poker Hand Rankings
Hole Cards
Preflop Rank
Win %
AA
1
31.00%+
KK
2
26.02 %+
QQ
3
22.03 %+
AKs
4
20.19%+
JJ
5
19.09 %+
AQs
6
18.66%+
KQs
7
18.08 %+
AJs
8
17.47%+
KJs
9
17.05 %+
TT
10
16.83 %+
AK
11
16.67%+
ATs
12
16.63%+
QJs
13
16.58 %+
KTs
14
16.14 %+
QTs
15
15.84 %+
JTs
16
15.78 %+
99
17
15.29 %+
AQ
18
14.87%+
A9s
19
14.60%+
KQ
20
14.43 %+
88
21
14.16 %+
K9s
22
14.15 %+
T9s
23
14.07 %+
A8s
24
13.89%+
Q9s
25
13.82 %+
J9s
26
13.80 %+
AJ
27
13.45%+
A5s
28
13.43%+
77
29
13.36 %+
A7s
30
13.35%+
KJ
31
13.18 %+
A4s
32
13.17%+
A3s
33
13.07%+
A6s
34
12.97%+
QJ
35
12.89 %+
66
36
12.77 %+
K8s
37
12.77 %+
T8s
38
12.73 %+
A2s
39
12.69 %+
98s
40
12.63 %+
J8s
41
12.47 %+
AT
42
12.43%+
Q8s
43
12.42 %+
K7s
44
12.23 %+
KT
45
12.23 %+
55
46
12.15 %+
JT
47
12.13 %+
87s
48
12.02 %+
QT
49
11.99 %+
44
50
11.94 %+

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