Poker, as we all should know by now, is a game of skill and luck.
Fate and the dealer decide what cards you start off with and that can make the difference between winning and losing a game.
There are 52 cards in a deck, which means that you can get up to 169 different combinations for your starting cards.
The cards you are dealt at the start do not make or break your game but they play a huge role in defining how you progress.
We look at the best combinations of cards which you should be looking out for if you want to win big in poker.
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Aces and Kings
Probably the best starting pair you could game are a pair of Aces or Kings, irrespective of the suit.
The chances of someone getting a pair is extremely remote but if you do get such a pair always think about raising the pre-flop.
A word of caution though, these hands are tough to beat but are not unbeatable.
Also, if you are playing with a couple of Kings, there is the possibility of someone playing with a couple of aces, so always tread carefully.
Queens, Jacks and an Ace-King pair
The next highest possible hands are also based on the highest cards.
Again getting a Queen pair or a jack pair is extremely rare but the chances of winning a hand greatly increase.
Of course they can still be beaten if the right moves are made but this is a strong hand to play with.
The Ace-King pair is another strong hand to think about.
This combination works really well and gives you a lot of opportunities to make strong hands.
This isn’t as strong as a starting pair of high cards but it is a good bet for a win at the table.
Ace-Queen, Ace- Jack
The next best combination to start a poker game with is the Ace-Queen pair.
This is similar to the Ace-King pair but has a few limitations since the Queen card is ranked lower than the King card.
The Ace-Jack combination ranks below the Ace-Queen pair.
All the above pairs are made in the same suit, except in the case of a pair of cards which are of similar value.
Always the need to have same suit cards trumps cards of the same value.
So a Jack-Ace of the same colour will trump, a Jack-Ace of different colours.
While these cards will certainly play a huge role in deciding who wins a game.
It isn’t the end of the world if you are not dealt the above pairs.
There are many other ways to ensure you end up winning the game and we look at some of the best combination of hands possible in the game of poker.
You might need to be a little sly in hoping that you get these cards from the dealer but if you get the following combinations, you are guaranteed to win the game or at least do well.
Winner winner, chicken dinner!
Playing your way through the game is not easy but having the following hands will certainly ensure victory and a nice amount of money for you to win.
Some of these hands are guarantees to win while some would require you to do some bluffing.
So without further to do, here are the best possible hands you could have in a game of poker.
The Royal Flush
Royalty is key in the game of poker and having a ‘Royal Flush’ is the best possible combination of cards you could have after all the cards have been given to you.
A Royal Flush consists of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit.
Nothing can beat this hand in a game of poker.
Almost the next best thing to the Royal Flush, having 5 cards which are in a consecutive rank, for eg: 5,6,7,8 and 9 of diamonds.
In case two players have a straight flush, the one with the higher denomination of cards wins.
Four of a kind
As the name suggests, having 4 cards of the same rank, high value cards of the same rank will beat cards of a lower value.
Having three cards of the same rank and two other cards of a different rank.
In case of a tie, the highest ranking three cards of a player wins the game.
This happens when a player has 5 cards which are of the same colour but are not in any specific order.
This can include high cards with low value cards.
Three of a kind
Having three cards which are of the same rank/strength and two cards which are of a different colour or unrelated side cards.
Having two pairs of cards which are of the same value, for example having two 10’s and two 6’s in a hand.
In this hand, two cards must have the same value, and the other three cards can be of any other denomination.
Just having one high card in the hand should win you the game, in case any of the above hands don’t take place.
So there you have it, the best starting poker hand combinations which can set you out for glory and the best possible hand combinations at the end of the game before you go on to bet and win.
Remember, poker isn’t an easy game to pick up; there will always be a lot of people who try different tactics to get a slight edge.
While having a Royal Flush in your hand is a guaranteed win, the other options aren’t.
You need to keep your wits about it and one way of doing it is by practicing and keeping yourself informed.
Also you should use a few tools to aid your game like poker calculators and odds calculators, they might not help you out in the table games but will help you make decisions faster and help solve tables better.