Top 5 tricky poker hands

Top 5 tricky poker hands

If you’re past the point where you thought poker was a game of pure chance, welcome. Here are the best tips on how to play seemingly good hands in Hold’em poker that can fool you. These are playable poker hands, not cards you should fold, but each in its context.

You should study your position, how other players play and analyze their previous draws because you won’t necessarily have first-class poker hands. They can be playable and even winning poker hands, but be aware of risky situations.

Top 1 tricky poker hands: A+low card

An ace is only as good as his partner. That much is clear. The hand in Hold’em poker, which includes the strongest card, has a lot of responsibility. A novice player will be shocked to see an ace right away. This hand should not be demonized, as it can be played in certain situations, but it should not be treated as AK or AQ.

The main dangers of this poker hand arise when facing an opponent who has a higher A. If we hit a pair and think we are playing a pair, we are playing a pair. If you hit a pair and think you are the winner, you lose. You have to quarantine this hand: it’s only slightly better than the matching connectors, and it’s not AK. At best it will be a cross card, so how can you play a low A-card?

  • When we have a short stack: We’ll have to fluff our chips on the short stack, and if the blinds are pressing, this is probably the best hand we’ll see.
  • In heads-up: If there are only two players left, our opponent’s play is likely to be even worse.
  • From the dealer or a rebid (if no one has entered the hand): A bad A is not a hand that will give us an overwhelming win, but it’s not bad overall. The fewer players left, the harder it is to beat. Especially if they are the same suit, you can play.

Top 2: JJ

Pair of jacks. This is a good hand, one of the best poker hands we usually play and win, but when you consider how other players behave. This is a very strong hand in Hold’em poker in the preflop, but it gets weaker as new cards come in. If we see A, K, or Q among the common cards, and a high-stakes game develops, we need to be able to get out of the jam in time.

Similarly, we should get frustrated if a player with a big stack plays tight in the preflop, as he could put us in danger. One last piece of advice: don’t overplay JJ!

Top 3: QK

A QK hand carries the same danger as any hand that includes two different (non-A) pieces: JQ or JK. Especially if they are the same color. It’s a very good type of hand, but the mere fact that there are two letters can make us overexcited and think we have an invincible hand, which we don’t. If you get outplayed on the preflop (especially by conservative players with lots of chips on the flop), fold. Otherwise, AA, AK, KK, or even QQ will do you a lot of damage.

The basic guideline for this hand is very simple: play it, but keep the pot far away from your stack, unlike the best poker hands.

Top 4: A10

At a certain point, it becomes like a low A card, but it’s a decent hand. More often than not, it will be one of the winning poker hands. The chances of a cross card are lower, because 10 is already starting to be a significant card, and the opponent’s two middle cards are unlikely to be higher. However, the big danger is to play A10 again, as if it were AK.

Playing A10 is very dangerous with UTG or at all from first positions, and we should discard it if an opponent with a medium stack and not aggressive starts to raise. When we have a pair or better pair of fives in front of us, we pass, and that’s what’s likely to happen to someone who raises in an early position (if he’s not very aggressive).

Top 5: AK

Dangerous poker hands! AK is a very good hand that we can go all the way with, regardless of our stack and/or style of play. An all-in without a flop with such a poker hand is OK. However, there are two types of mistakes that are very common in AK:

  • Fold if you don’t see a pair on the flop: less than half the time you’ll have a pair on the flop. It’s very common to bet most of your chips before the first three cards, but not enough to stand alone and to fold when you don’t see a pair. Poker is a game of information: bet when you see the flop (and on the turn, if you’re not being outplayed) to see what your opponents have.
  • If you think you’re playing alone: you raise one of your two cards on the flop. Your opponent checks, you raise, and you get raised again. Or you raise on the flop and the turn in a row. What else should I tell you? Especially if your opponent is conservative and plays you this way, think about whether he has a hand that is significantly higher than your pair. You won’t remember this hand as a glorious one, but it will save you a lot of chips.

This will happen on very rare occasions. If you see AK, play it: you have one of the winning poker hands!

Despite all this advice, let’s be clear. Without experience, you will never be able to play poker well, despite all your theoretical knowledge. And you will make mistakes and fail thousand times over.

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