Video:Best Starting Hands in Texas Hold 'Emwith Susan Harding
If you're getting together to play a little Texas Hold 'em, give yourself an edge by knowing which starting hands are the best. This About.com video will provide some advice on the best starting hands in Texas Hold 'em.See Transcript
Transcript:Best Starting Hands in Texas Hold 'Em
Hi, I'm Susan Harding with About.com and today we're sharing with you the ten best starting hands for Texas Hold 'em, using information from About.com's Board and Card Games site.
Just keep in mind while the first two cards are important, it's not just the cards, but your strategy that often determines if you win.
Best Texas Hold 'Em Starting Hands
A pair of aces - also known as "Pocket Rockets" or "bullets" - is the best of the best. This doesn't necessarily mean you should go all in, but it's a great way to start. The second best is a pair of kings, so you might want to raise to try to narrow the field. The third best, a pair of queens. Aces and kings will still beat you, but it's still a very good hand.
More Great Hold 'Em Starting Hands
Then, it gets a little more murky. Not everyone agrees here, but a suited ace and king, also known as "King Arthur," comes in at number four. Though some believe it's a hand that looks better than it really is. At number five, the ace and queen in the same suit, also known as "Anthony and Cleopatra." Number six, a pair of jacks. Unless the flop shows a king, queen or an ace, you have a decent chance of winning the pot. A suited king and queen comes in at number seven. It's known as the "Royal Couple."
Other Good Starting Hands in Texas Hold 'Em
A suited ace and jack, often nicknamed "Blackjack" is also in the top ten. Number nine is ace and king of different suits; this is the only offsuit pair that makes it into the top ten. And number ten, appropriately enough, a pair of tens. However, this is up for debate. Some believe the king and jack suited is a stronger hand.
If you're a beginner, knowing these hands may boost your confidence as you develop your own strategy and perfect your style of play. If you'd like more information on Texas Hold 'em or other card games, stay right here on About.com.