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Hold Em If You Have 'Em: Best Starting Poker Hands

Initially, in hold 'em poker, each player receives two pocket or hole cards. The next 5 cards are shared or community cards and will be dealt in installments. If a player wants to see the next three community cards known as the Flop, the player has to call or raise. A player may also opt to fold.

Knowing the best starting hands in hold 'em poker can save you a lot of bad pre-flop holding-versus-folding decisions. The rule is simple: when you show any of the best starting hands, raise or call. When you show the opposite, fold.

But how would you know when your two hole cards are the best starting hands in hold 'em poker?

When you get two Aces for your hole cards, you're on top of the game. Sometimes referred to as American Airlines, sometimes as pocket rockets, a pair of Ace gives you the strongest winning probability in hold 'em poker.

A pair of kings is called "the cowboys." The second of the best starting hands, you can lasso the game on this one. Only a pair of Ace can bet this hand.

The third best starting hands are called "the ladies"--- a pair of queens. Beatable only by a pair of Aces and of Kings, other hands will surely bow before these queens of the court.

Considered the best drawing hand, an Ace plus a King is no less a fatal combination. Your probability of winning on this hand, however, is greatest depending on the composition of the flop. A King or an Ace would greatly give your Ace-King hand a stronger chance.

Two Jacks will give you a 20% win. Highest valued cards Ace, King, and Queen on the flop can give your edge a shake. Otherwise, the hand is yours to play.

An Ace and a Queen, specifically when they share the same suit, gives you a 20% win in hold 'em poker.

An King and a Queen sharing the same suit is only less stronger than Ace-Queen as a drawing hand. Ace on the flop, though, might give you less odds on the win.

An Ace and a Jack, especially when sharing the same suit, is another hand to play.

A King and a Jack is conditionally strong. When you have a hand that shares the same suit, your winning probability is 19%. When your King and Jack have different suits, your winning odds fall to a low 15%. When you have this hand, consider folding when your opponents are raising big.

An Ace and a 10 needs to have face cards on the board to make a strong straight flush. Your winning probability with this hand is especially least when the cards don't share the same suit.

Simply by knowing the best starting hands in hold 'em poker as enumerated above, you can tell early on whether you should see the flop or fold right on. Remember that in hold'em poker, you get to see initially two cards. To see the rest of the cards that will constitute your hand, you need to bet. The best starting hands are worth risking for; they are worth betting for. If you don't have them, fold and save your chips.