Although Texas Hold’em is called a game about player, not about cards, any poker player must learn all the available combinations in order to know how to act in each given situation. Despite the simplicity of the game rules, knowledge of the Texas Hold’em hands order is a must for anyone who sits at the table. We are here to give you all the necessary information about the best starting hands – they can be considered as something like a cheat code – as well as the best winning hands. However, keep in mind that Hold’em includes many variables so that a potentially strong hand can change a lot from the flop to the river – and you can become too vulnerable for opponents. So, the information below will be very useful for both beginners and poker enthusiasts.
Texas Hold’em Poker Hands – The Best Starting Options
Texas Hold’em resembles a roller coaster – however, this feature makes this game so attractive. Even the strongest starting hand can be beaten by the opponent’s weak starting hand (without face cards) with a probability higher than 10%. This means that there are hands that have a higher chance of winning, but your weak starting hand does not impose a judgment to you. So, check out our list of five strongest starting Texas Hold’em hands below.
- Pocket Aces (A-A) is the most coveted starting hand that gives you an excellent chance of winning a major pot. According to statistics, the probability of getting such a strong starting hand is 1: 221.
- Pocket Kings (what is called ‘Cowboys’) is also a pretty strong combination (one of the best Texas Hold’em hands) that gives you the highest winning odds. However, there is one problem that occurs when Ace hits the flop.
- Pocket Queens (Ladies) is the third most powerful starting combination, which allows the player to judge the strength of opponent hands by placing pre-flop bets.
- Pocket Jacks is one of the most unpredictable starting hands that can beat many other combinations but will be defeated by Aces, Kings and Queens.
- Ace-king suited is desired combination as it quite often hit the highest 5-card ones. The Achilles heel of this hand is an Ace that can turn into a weak Ace-high.
In addition to the above, there are about 15 starting hands that can increase your winning odds. However, keep in mind that any starting hands can be ranked all the way down to the weakest combination with minimal chance of winning.
Best Hands in Texas Hold’em – Combination Rankings
Check out below our Texas Hold’em hands ranking to evaluate your winning odds correctly.
- A-K-Q-J-10-hand called Royal Flash is the most powerful combination.
- Straight flush – 5 cards straight of the same suit which (just second to a Royal Flush in power).
- Quads is one of the strongest Texas Hold’em hands with 4 cards of the same rank.
- Full house consists of three cards of the same suit and a pair of the same rank.
- Flush – any 5 cards of the same suit.
In addition, there are Straight, Three of a kind, Two Pairs, Pair and High Card combinations that can make you a winning player in certain cases. We recommend that you learn all combinations in practice by playing free variations of poker with no costs.