In the last few years we have seen a significant number of Texas Holdem tournaments. These have been known as no-limit games, constant slow games, heads up battles and more. Each no limit game has their own unique events that are heavily documented and that give the game away. Here is an overview of what we believe to be the most probable Texas Holdem hands you are most likely to experience in a game.
First, you have your pocket pairs. These are your two hole cards and you need to hit a set to win a lot of money. If you don’t hit your setnings can end up in a lot of trouble as you see above as some pretty poor examples. A pair of 2’s is a pretty good hand as well. Of course you still need another card or two, but you have two potentials out there. Odds on a two pair are usually not less than 8. Probability rules the destiny of your hand as far as we’re concerned.
The next hand up would be a pair of 3’s. Now we are starting to get into hands that could be a bit trickier. That’s why we love high card games. You see, the more you have to work with the better your chances are of pulling out the winning hand. However, you need to be aware of your odds and what your opponent has in front of him.
So, if you’re holding in your hand two of a kind, what are your odds of getting another one? The odds are about 13%. This doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re counting initialized chips you’ll have quite a bit of money. The next hand up would be a full house. A full house is one in which both of your cards are the same. Both of your cards must be the same to win the hand. An example would be if you held 8 8 8, obviously not a bad hand. If you’re in an all in you’ll have a lot of expenses. You’ve got to pay for the blinds and the antes yourself, and then you have to pay for a flop. The flop can be very costly if you have trash. With that in mind, a full house is a great hand to have if you’re not sure where you stand.
Your next hand up would be a flush. A flush is the same as a full house, just in case. With a flush however you have 4 more cards of the same suit than you hand. This means you have a better chance of making a hand, but still, you have to hit the proper card to win. Strategy plays a factor here, and knowing how much to bet and how much to raise will work. The deciding factor would be if you have the best hand at the time. That’s the only thing that matters in poker. You can’t play 4 card high pocket pairs and risk 4 whole overcards against one pair. You can’t call a pricy one button raise if you’re holding garbage.
A straight is next. This is pretty much the same as a flush, just with an easier to spot draw. You’re holding a card that does not associate with the cards on the table. This hand is sweet if you have 4 of the 5 cards on the table, like a Q 5 6 or something. The straight is a little more powerful if the cards are further apart, like 2 5 10 7 12 Q with two clubs on the board. Hopefully you have the best hand!
Then you have the great looking hand of 4 of a kind. Oh, what a hand! You’re holding all the cards. There’s only one way to win in poker and that’s to have all the cards. Even a bad player knows to raise on a 4 of a kind when you have the best hand. Chances are, the next card on the flop would beat him. So why bother playing when you can raise on a more valuable hand? You also have a better chance of defending your big hand by playing it to the end.
The next hand up would be the best hand. The best hand in Texas Holdem is the Egp88. That’s the ultimate hand. You have the 10, J, Q, K, A all of the same suit. Now you reallyratch the surface. How do you get these cards. Typically when you are drawing for the Royal Flush, you have to keep drawing until you get the cards. The idea is to see all the possible five card hands, not just the royal flush. Some cards on the board may waste the opportunity for the royal flush, so you are looking for flushes only. I know, I know. Just going by the numbers, you cannot get all the way around the board and see all the possible hands to complete the royal flush on the way.