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TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER HAND RANKINGS (STARTING CARDS)

 

Ranking of Hold'em Starting Hands

written by BeatTheFish.com

   

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. 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.

 

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Hold'em Starting Cards Ranked by Winning Percentage
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 and first include a section of pairs. Each hand will be followed by its long-term winning percentage (out of 100, of course) against a specific number of opponents holding random cards. To find a hand, look it up by its largest card.


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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
AK (suited) 67 51 41 35 31 28 25 23
AK 65 48 39 32 28 24 22 19
AQ 64 47 37 30 26 23 20 18
AJ 64 46 35 29 24 21 18 16
A10 63 44 34 28 23 20 17 15
A9 61 42 31 25 20 17 15 13
A8 60 41 30 24 19 16 14 12
A7 59 39 28 22 18 15 13 11
A6 58 38 28 21 17 14 12 11
A5 58 38 28 21 17 14 12 11
A4 56 37 27 21 17 14 12 11
A3 56 36 26 20 17 14 12 10

A2

55

35

25

20

16

14

12

10

 

 

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

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
KQ (suited) 63 47 38 33 28 25 23 20
KQ 61 44 35 29 25 21 19 17
KJ 61 43 34 28 24 20 18 16
K10 60 42 33 27 22 19 17 15
K9 58 40 30 24 20 17 14 12
K8 56 37 27 21 17 15 13 11
K7 55 36 26 21 17 14 12 10
K6 54 35 25 20 16 13 11 10
K5 53 34 25 19 15 13 11 10
K4 52 33 23 18 15 12 11 9
K3 51 32 23 18 14 12 10 9
K2 50 31 22 17 14 12 10 9

 

 

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

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
QJ (suited) 60 44 36 30 26 23 21 19
QJ 58 41 33 27 23 20 17 15
Q10 57 40 31 26 22 19 16 14
Q9 56 38 29 23 19 16 14 12
Q8 54 35 26 21 17 14 12 11
Q7 52 33 24 19 15 13 11 9
Q6 51 32 23 18 14 12 10 9
Q5 50 31 20 17 14 12 10 9
Q4 49 30 21 16 13 11 9 8

Q3

48

29

21

16

13

11

9

8

Q2

47

28

20

15

12

10

9

8

 

 

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

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
J10 (suited) 58 42 34 29 25 22 20 18
J10 55 39 31 25 22 19 16 15
J9 53 37 28 23 19 16 14 12
J8 52 34 26 20 17 14 12 11
J7 50 32 24 18 15 12 11 9
J6 48 30 21 17 13 11 9 8
J5 47 29 21 16 13 11 9 8
J4 46 28 20 15 12 10 9 8

J3

45

27

19

15

12

10

8

7

J2

44

26

18

14

11

9

8

7

 

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with 10-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
T9 (suited) 54 39 31 26 23 20 18 16
T9 52 32 28 23 19 16 14 13
T8 50 34 25 20 17 14 13 11
T7 48 31 23 18 15 13 11 10
T6 46 29 21 17 13 11 10 8
T5 44 27 19 15 12 10 8 7
T4 43 26 19 14 12 10 8 7
T3 42 26 18 14 11 9 8 7

T2

42

25

17

13

11

9

8

7

 

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with 9-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
98 (suited) 51 36 29 24 20 18 16 15
98 48 33 25 20 17 14 12 11
97 47 31 23 18 16 13 11 10
96 45 29 21 17 14 11 10 9
95 43 27 19 15 12 10 9 7
94 41 25 17 13 11 9 7 6
93 40 24 17 13 10 8 7 6

92

39

23

16

12

10

8

7

6

 

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with 8-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
87 (suited) 48 34 27 22 19 17 15 14
87 46 31 23 19 15 13 12 10
86 44 29 21 17 14 12 10 9
85 42 27 19 15 12 11 9 8
84 40 24 18 13 11 9 8 7
83 38 22 16 12 10 8 7 6
82 37 22 15 11 9 8 6 6

 

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with 7-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
76 (suited) 46 32 25 21 18 16 14 13
76 43 29 22 17 14 12 11 10
75 41 27 20 16 13 11 10 9
74 38 25 18 14 11 10 9 8
73 37 22 16 12 10 8 7 6
72 35 20 14 11 9 7 6 5

 

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with 6-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 3%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
65 (suited) 43 30 24 20 17 15 14 13
65 40 27 20 16 13 12 10 9
64 38 25 18 14 12 10 9 8
63 36 23 16 13 11 9 8 7
62 34 21 15 11 9 8 7 6

 

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with 5-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 4%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
54 (suited) 41 29 23 19 17 15 14 13
54 38 25 19 15 13 11 10 9
53 36 23 17 14 11 10 9 8
52 34 21 15 12 10 9 8 7

 

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with 4-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 4%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
43 (suited) 38 26 20 17 15 13 12 11
43 34 22 16 13 11 9 8 8
42 33 21 15 12 10 8 7 7

 

 

Average Winning Percentage (out of 100) with 3-x

Note: suited cards add an average of 4%.

CARDS # of Opponents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
32 (suited) 35 24 18 15 13 12 11 10
32 31 20 14 11 9 8 7 6

 

 

Essentially, the lesson here is to hold strong starting cards and thin the field when you play a favorite. You can see the extremely low average winning percentage for commonly played hands like Q10 or J9 offsuit so our 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.

 

Interestingly (but not surprisingly), every hand wins less when you're playing 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 no-limit hold'em concepts.

 

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