While talking about the starting hand in poker, let us focus on Texas hold’em. This game has 169 unique starting hands, which you can use strategically to win a game. However, professional player Vivian Im claims that a hand is of no real significance when you are bluffing; it is about the timing and the read. Nevertheless, since we are not professionals we shall focus on the cards dealt and the combination that most poker professionals claim is the best starting hand or one that guarantees a win. The next time, you visit a casino do not forget to try these hands. However, I warn you, do not be overconfident and start bidding big.
Also known as Bullets or Pocket Rockets in the poker community, these are duel aces; they will stand strong even if you do not land anything in the community cards. Statistically, this is the most successful hand in poker.
Cowboys, Ace Magnets, or King Kong
This is the second best starting hand in poker after American Airlines. If you happen to come across a pair, a win is certain. Unless of course, if you are beaten by the Bullets. Similarly, to the Pocket Rockets, Ace Magnets also have good winning statistics.
Ladies or Two Queens are a pair of queens. Some poker players also call them Bitches or Four Tits but I personally think they are derogatory and prefer Ladies. Queens is a good starting hand to have with only two pairs above them. With a professional poker player, the Two Queens can be lethal. The strategy here is to play aggressively and win big.
Walking Back To Houston or Big Slicks
Recently, the ace-king pair was renamed after the tennis player Anna Kournikova. Commentator Vince Van Patton during the WPT called Big Slick Anna Kournikova because this hand appears to be great but never delivers a win similar to the tennis player.
On the appearance, these hands are very convincing, but they are a pair of drawing hands. Many time lower pockets can also beat the Walking Back to Huston if the community cards are not in favor.
J-Birds or Hooks
Do not be fooled by the pair of Jacks; these cards are very tough to play because there are three higher pairs that can beat you and the probability that your opponent has one of them is high. When you are dealt the Hooks, play aggressively but also be ready to fold if you realize a threat on the board. The best thing about hooks is that they are easy to fold, unlike the Ladies or Ace magnets.
Tensions or Dimes
This card gets most people into trouble because they lie in the middle. They are neither high cards nor low. They can trap the player into thinking he or she might win. However, they will get you into trouble.
The starting hands mentioned in this blog are based on the book Monster Stating Hands – Phil Helmuth. These starting hands are a good way to start in poker; however, as advised by professional poker players, having a favorite starting hand and using it often can get you into trouble. Do not look for favorites, but the winning hand.