Knowing the strength of your pocket cards and knowing when to play them is an important part when playing Texas Hold’em.
The best starting hands
Very strong starting hands
|Ace-Queen, Ace-Jack, Ace-10, all suited|
|Ace-10, King-Jack, Queen-Jack,
Jack-10, all suited
|King-10, Queen-10, suited|
Hands that are playable in most positions,
but not as strong
|Jack-9, 10-9, both suited|
|9-8, 8-7, both suited|
|Ace with any other suited card|
|King-Jack, Queen-Jack, Jack-10|
Decent hands that are best played sparingly
and in late position
|Any low pair (e.g. pairs below 7)|
|Connected suited cards, such as 8-7, 5-4, 4-3|
|Ace-10, King-10, Queen-10|
|King-9, Jack-8, both suited|
Any hand not mentioned is generally regarded as a weak hand and should only be played in situations where you have an advantage on your opponent.
Late position with no callers against the blinds or against weak players.