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The best hole cards in Holdem

Below you will find a list of different starting hands, sorted by strength. Don’t follow this list blindly, but it will help you to understand in general which hands are usually the strongest and the medium-strength, whereas “conditional hands” are the hands that might be a “workable” starting hands, depending on the situation (conditions). The “S” stands for “suited”.

The Strongest Hands

  • HIGH CARDS PAIRS – AA, KK, QQ, JJ, 1010
  • ACE with a HIGH CARD, SUITED – AK(S), AQ(S), AJ(S), A10(S)
  • SUITED FACES – KQ(S), KJ(S), QJ(S)
  • ACE and KING – AK

Medium-Strength Hands

  • FACE and TEN SUITED – K10(S), Q10(S), J10(S)
  • MEDIUM PAIRS – 99, 88, 77
  • TWO (different) HIGH CARDS – AQ, AJ, A10, KQ and other combinations, down to J10
  • ACE with MEDIUM, SUITED – A9(S), A8(S), A7(S)
  • MEDIUM CONNECTORS SUITED (One Gap/ No Gap) – J9(S), 109(S), 108(S), 98(S), 97(S) down to 75(S)

Conditional Hands

  • LOW PAIRS – 66, 55, 44, 33, 22
  • ACE with LOW, SUITED – A6(S), A5(S), A4(S), A3(S), A2(S)
  • SUITED LOW CONNECTORS (No Gap/One Gap) – 65(S), 64(S), 54(S,) 53(S) (lowest)

Friendly advise: other pocket cards or hole cards should not even be considered, and should therefore be folded on the spot!