Starting Hands

Starting hands

The decision of which hands to start with has a lot do with your position, when you decide to play you should normally bet, don’t just limp in by calling the big blind. You don’t want weaker hands to draw out on you. Never play a full price to play shorts (pairs between 2 and 9). Try to pay attention to what your opponents play and make adjustments accordingly. Beware of callers in front of you, notice if they play light holdings or if they call with the intention to raise if you bet into them.

Under the gun (first to act)

Bet with KK and better

Call with a straight flush draw (regardless of open ended or gutshot) Observe that you need four cards to have a draw, a three card hand belongs in the muck.

Cut off (Second to act)

Bet with QQ and better

Call with a straight flush draw

If there is a caller bet with KK

If the first player bet, call (or raise) with AA or better

The button (Dealer)

Bet with JJ or TT and at least two face cards if you are first to enter the pot

If there are callers bet with KK consider calling with QQ remember that you have the best position after the draw.

With two callers you can call a flush draw and possibly TJQK

If there is a bet call (or raise) with AA or better

The small blind

Bet with 77 when first in

If there are callers bet with KK call with open ended straight draws (like 6789) and flush draws and 77 and above because you have the pot odds to do so.

If someone has bet call or raise with AA or better