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Ranking of Hold’em Starting Hands

Those American Airlines are less than a 75% favorite against 2 or more opponents.

Those American Airlines are less than a 75% favorite against 2 or more opponents according to my Texas Hold’em hand rankings.

While we all know that pocket Aces are the absolute best hand to have before the flop in Texas Hold’em, ranking the actual exact winning percentage of each poker hand against a random opponent’s cards becomes a bit more murky.

However, it is fascinating to actually see how specific starting hand combinations rank against each other in terms of how often and how much they win, on average.

Below you’ll find a list of Texas Hold’em starting hands organized by relative strength. While many poker authors like to give you their starting hand recommendations, few actually show you how each starting hand ranks to one another statistically.

Poker hand fundamentals

Of course, the fundamentals of poker are based on proper starting hand selection so take a look and see how the cards you play rank.

If you’re looking for more poker strategy you can check out our extensive poker strategy section or our specific guide on how to beat the fish at online poker.

Also, if you’re looking for the rank of made poker hands try our standard poker hand rankings or learn poker lingo for poker hand nicknames.

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Hold’em Starting Cards Ranked by Winning Percentage

Tune up your game with statistical hand rankings that show you exactly which hands fare best long-term against multiple opponents.

Tune up your game with statistical hand rankings that show you exactly which hands fare best long-term against multiple opponents.

The following chart contains every 2-card possible combination you can be dealt in Texas Hold’em. The hands are arranged by largest hole card with a separate section for pocket pairs.

Each hand will be followed by its long-term winning percentage (out of 100) against a specific number of opponents holding random cards. To find a hand look it up by its largest card.

Click for full-size printable image of every Texas Hold'em hand's average winning percentage.

Click for full-sized printable image of every Texas Hold’em hand’s average winning percentage.

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with Pairs

CARDS

# of Opponents

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

AA

85

73

64

56

49

43

39

31

KK

82

69

58

50

43

38

33

29

QQ

80

65

54

45

38

33

28

25

JJ

78

61

49

40

34

29

25

22

1010

75

58

45

36

30

25

22

19

99

72

54

41

33

26

22

19

17

88

69

50

38

29

24

20

18

16

77

66

46

34

26

21

19

16

15

66

63

43

32

25

20

17

15

14

55

60

40

29

22

19

16

14

13

44

57

37

25

21

17

15

14

13

33

54

34

24

19

16

15

14

13

22

50

31

22

18

16

14

13

13

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with Ace-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
AK (suited)6751413531282523
AK6548393228242219
AQ6447373026232018
AJ6446352924211816
A106344342823201715
A96142312520171513
A86041302419161412
A75939282218151311
A65838282117141211
A55838282117141211
A45637272117141211
A35636262017141210

A2

55

35

25

20

16

14

12

10

 

Average Winning Percentage with King-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
KQ (suited)6347383328252320
KQ6144352925211917
KJ6143342824201816
K106042332722191715
K95840302420171412
K85637272117151311
K75536262117141210
K65435252016131110
K55334251915131110
K4523323181512119
K3513223181412109
K2503122171412109

 

Average Winning Percentage Q-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
QJ (suited)6044363026232119
QJ5841332723201715
Q105740312622191614
Q95638292319161412
Q85435262117141211
Q7523324191513119
Q6513223181412109
Q5503120171412109
Q449302116131198

Q3

48

29

21

16

13

11

9

8

Q2

47

28

20

15

12

10

9

8

 

Average Winning Percentage with J-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
J10 (suited)5842342925222018
J105539312522191615
J95337282319161412
J85234262017141211
J7503224181512119
J648302117131198
J547292116131198
J446282015121098

J3

45

27

19

15

12

10

8

7

J2

44

26

18

14

11

9

8

7

 

Average Winning Percentage with 10-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
T9
(suited)
5439312623201816
T95232282319161413
T85034252017141311
T74831231815131110
T6462921171311108
T544271915121087
T443261914121087
T34226181411987

T2

42

25

17

13

11

9

8

7

 

Average Winning Percentage with 9-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
98 (suited)5136292420181615
984833252017141211
974731231816131110
96452921171411109
9543271915121097
944125171311976
934024171310876

92

39

23

16

12

10

8

7

6

 

Average Winning Percentage with 8-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
87 (suited)4834272219171514
874631231915131210
86442921171412109
8542271915121198
844024181311987
833822161210876
82372215119866

 

Average Winning Percentage with 7-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
76 (suited)4632252118161413
764329221714121110
75412720161311109
7438251814111098
733722161210876
72352014119765

 

Average Winning Percentage with 6-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
65 (suited)4330242017151413
65402720161312109
6438251814121098
633623161311987
62342115119876

 

Average Winning Percentage with 5-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 4%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
54 (suited)4129231917151413
54382519151311109
5336231714111098
523421151210987

 

Average Winning Percentage with 4-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 4%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
43 (suited)3826201715131211
433422161311988
423321151210877

 

Average Winning Percentage with 3-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 4%

CARDS# of Opponents
12345678
32 (suited)3524181513121110
32312014119876

 

What to Learn from Hand Strength Rankings

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These hand rankings reinforce the concept that you want to isolate opponents with your premium hands that win much less often against more players. Conversely, lower-value hands like suited connectors are begging for multiple opponents to lessen the winning percentage of better hands.

Essentially, the lesson here is to hold strong starting cards and thin the field when you play a hand likely to be the favorite. You can see the extremely low average winning percentage for commonly played hands like Q10 or J9 offsuit so my advice would have to be to stick to the premium hands as you learn the game.

As you gain more experience you can experiment with those lower percentage starting cards, but you’ll need to be disciplined enough to learn when to continue beyond the flop.

Every poker hand wins less against more players

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, every hand wins dramatically less when it is played against more opponents. Even the top two Hold’em hands of AA and KK win, on average, less than half of the pots when 4 or 5 players stay in. Your goal should be to thin the field preflop and increase your odds of that premium hand holding up.

The hands that you want to encourage opponents with, such as low suited connectors, have such low winning expectations anyway that you’ll need huge pot odds from the extra callers to make them worthwhile. These are essential Texas Hold’em concepts.

 

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