Poker Hands in Holdem
In the standard poker game of Texas Hold ’em, an opening hand usually consists of two low cards, which are both owned by the same player and lie hidden from all other players. Five other community cards also get dealt to play, after which betting starts. Then, after the flop, each player has to call, raise or fold, after which another round of betting takes place. This is known as the turn.
Sometimes, the flop may be preceded by a hand intervention, where one player calls and all the other players bet, without calling. In Texas hold ’em poker it is sometimes possible for the flop to contain a high card that either forces a call or raises, or else a low card that either bets or raises. If the high card is a draw, then raising becomes the dominant strategy. High player bets high, and a low player bets low. It follows that the two highest hands in a hand are called the ‘high pair’ and the ‘low pair’.
In standard poker, holding is defined as having the upper hand. If you want to have that upper hand, then you have to control the action on the flop, because you can always make a raise when you have the money. There is no such thing as holding no-selling, in hold ’em poker. Holding is considered as a negative card strategy, because it gives up control. When you have the funds, you can always put money onto the pot to take your opponent’s money and then put it back afterwards on the flop if they call.
Texas holdem poker hands are classified as ‘weak hands’, which are four cards, and ‘strong hands’, which are seven, A-K, Q-J, A-T, K-R, and T-J. Strong hands are usually strong cards like Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Deuce, or the like. Weak hands are usually cards like Ace-k, Queen, King Jack, Deuce or like. Deuces is not used that often in hold em poker. You have to be careful with these types of hands, because they can be used by opponents to beat you.
In holdem poker, there are four ‘houses’ in addition to each player having two decks of cards. These are the range of card values that a player may hold. There are four hands that are part of the same group, such as Ace/King Jack, Ace/Tall Jack, King/Queen, and Ace/10. So, if you hold the strongest hand in one of these four categories, then you are part of the ‘same group’ as everyone else.
Poker hands in holdem poker can make or break the game for a player. So, it pays to know what you are doing when you are holding a hand in poker. Some basic rules will help a new player to start with. If you are looking for a hand history to read, there are many books that can help. Online poker sites offer holdem poker for beginners. Texas Holdem is the most popular version, but all holdem poker sites offer poker hands that may interest you.