Poker Lessons / Starting Hands (NL)

General guidance and strategic advice on how to play certain starting hands in no-limit hold’em.

In this lesson we’re going to talk about the importance of starting hand selection in poker and what you need to consider before deciding to play a hand. Read more

Let’s define medium pairs as sixes through tens and start off by taking a look at holding medium pocket pairs by the various positions at the poker table Read more

In this poker lesson we’ll talk about playing marginal hands, such as drawing hands like connectors, suited cards, smaller pairs, and even two gapped cards. Read more

Let’s define small pocket pairs as pocket sevens or lower. Any pair can look good in a poker game, but small pairs can be real chip burners when … Read more

Let’s discuss everyone’s favorite holding, the beguiling Ace King and examine some of the strengths and weaknesses of playing this premium starting hand. Read more

While a pair of kings is a beautiful sight, they are often accused of being ace magnets on the flop. Let’s examine some strategies for playing pocket kings. Read more

The odds of being dealt pocket aces is 220-to-1 so it doesn’t occur nearly as often as we would wish. But how should you play pocket aces when … Read more