Hey guys, this is Goku from online casino New Zealand and today we are gonna be talking about the starting hands. Proper hand selection preflop is a very important aspect of the game and it is crucial that you learn it. I will teach you a pretty conservative tight range of starting hands and I strongly suggest that you only play this for the first couple thousand of hands.
Lets start with the hands that you will play from all the positions unless of course there is some heavy action before you like a reraise or a big open. We will talk about bet sizing in the next lesson so for now just know that you should always raise the pot if it hasn’t been raised before you, but if it has you just want to call most of the time. So this range we’ll call the base and it is about 10% of all the possible starting hands. So first off you want to play all the pairs. Big pocket pairs like ACES KINGS QUEENS JACKS or TENS are very strong hands and often are overpairs to the board on the flop.
Medium pocket pairs like nines eights and sevens are still quite strong and have potential for overpairs, but you are not going to try and build big pots with these unless you hit a set. Small pocket pairs like sixes fives and so on are really easy to play as you are only looking to hit a set on the flop or toss them away. Next you want to play suited AK AQ AJ and AT, these are all strong hands and have really good potential for top pair top kicker, and also for straigths and flushes. As for the unsuited aces you wanna play AK AQ and AJ. The only other hand you want to play is KQ suited as it is also quite a strong hand with good potential.
So like I said these are the hands you are looking to play from any position unless there were reraises or big raises before you. You should always open the pot with a raise unless someone has already raised before you, then you should just call most of the time. Others hands you could play but only from middle and late positionts are AT, KQ and KJ offsuited and also KJ and QJ suited. From late positions you could play basically all the broadway cards so you could add suited or unsuited KT QT and JT. Keep in mind that you should stick to only playing the base at the beggining, get comfortable playing it and then as you get better and gain a better understanding of the game you will add more hands to your starting range especially from later positions. Other starting hands that have good potential include all the suited connectors from t9 to 32 and all the suited aces.
But you shouldn’t often play these and if you do you should only play them in position. You are looking to hit a strong draw on the flop either to a straigth or a flush. If you don’t hit it, you give up on the hand. So now you know which hands are profitable to play. You know the base hands which are the hands you pretty much always want to see the flop with.
You know that the later your position is the more hands you want to open the pot with. Please remember to stick to the base if you’re only just starting playing poker. You can add more starting hands as you get more and more comfortable playing, but for the beginning the base is all you need to play in order to make profit thank you so much for reading and congratulations!