Fold These 10 Poker Starting Hands

January 10, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker Strategies

Worst Texas Holdem Starting Hands

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Get to know the worst poker starting hands. Learning that these poker starting hands are almost always fold’em hands in hold’em is just as crucial to improving your poker game. Let’s take a look at these pokers starting hands:
2-7
When you have a 2 and a 7 poker starting hand, fold. These are the lowest two cards you can have that cannot make a straight. Even if they are suited, they will make you a very low flush, and if either pairs, it’s an awfully low hand.
2-8
With 2 and 8 as your poker starting hand, fold as well. 8 is still very bad for a high card. This hand will not make you rich. Suited or not, this is a fold’em hold’em hand.
3-8 and 3-7
The 3 makes this hand able to beat the two above it, but with the 3-8 you still can’t make a straight and the 3-7 still, well, just fold.
2-6
This is not a good starting hand at all. Against even four players, this hand will lose about 90% of the time. Not good odds.


2-9, 3-9, and 4-9
The only thing these three hands have going for them over the hands above is the 9. If the 9 pairs, you’ll have a middle pair that could still be beat by anyone holding pocket 10s, jacks, queens, kings, or aces, yet you might be fooled by a board filled with low cards into thinking you have the best hand and losing a lot of money. No straights can fill the gap between these cards, either. Beware.
2-10
This hand has a legendary quality because Doyle Brunson captured two World Series of Poker Bracelets with it. But it’s not a good hand — Doyle Brunson is one of the all-time best in the game and unless you’re a Texas road gambler who’s logged thousands of hours at the table, you shouldn’t try and win with the Doyle Brunson.
5-9
Another hand people play because it’s fun is the old 9 to 5, the “Dolly Parton.” If you’re playing to win, it’s not a good idea to play hands because they have a funny name. That may be how you pick the winning horse in a race, but poker’s a marathon, not a sprint, and over the long term there’s no doubt this hand is a statistical loser.
4-7, 4-8, 5-8, 3-6…
All these hands will rarely win, especially unsuited. Toss ‘em. Just toss’em. Yes, even in the little blind. If you see two low cards in the hole, unless you’re in the big blind and you can see the flop for free, fold.
Face card + low card, unsuited
One of the most common mistakes I see beginners make is that when they see any paint in their hand, they play it. J-2, Q-3, K-4 whatever — and most of these hands are losers. They’re junk that may win a few pots, but more often will lose you huge cash when you find the other player has a higher kicker and the winning hand.
Ace + low card, unsuited
This is another common beginner mistake, playing any ace. Again, it may win occasionally, and heads-up it’s a fine hand, but at a table of 4 or more, this hand shouldn’t be played if there’s a raise in front of you. You’re going to be outkicked a lot with Ace-little, and it’s going to feel like a kick in the junk when the other player shows their higher ace.

If you get one of these poker starting hands, it doesn’t mean you can’t win with them but it is highly unlikely you will. To sum it up, the worst poker starting hands are two low-valued unsuited cards that make no promise of creating a straight. If they would create a straight, they are readily beatable straights.

Again, if you have any of the listed worst poker starting hands above, fold ‘em two hole cards. In hold ‘em poker, your hole cards can already say a great deal about your winning odds in hold ‘em poker. Your winning odds when you have the above worst starting hands are smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Waste no chips to see the flop. Fold— that’s the sensible thing to do.

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