Be careful in your judgments about what make up the best pre flop poker hands
When you are in the casino playing a game of Texas Holdem, some hands make your eyes light up. Others make your heart sink. But Paul Phua says you should be careful of certain hands that your instinct tells you are good, but in fact, aren’t always everything they promise.
Say you are dealt Ace Queen off suit. So maybe the Ace of Spades and a Queen of Hearts. Lots of beginners in a poker game will think “wow, that’s two really high cards, so I have a great chance of winning this poker hand”. There is no Texas Holdem rule that says so, and Paul Phua says that in a poker game, you can’t be sure. Lots of beginners lose a lot of money because they make this fatal assumption in poker games – watch the video to find out why.
Also, when you are playing in the casino or at home with friends, beware of the Low Pair. Yes, you’re only one card away from a set of three, which is quite often a winning hand in Texas Holdem, especially when there aren’t many players at the table. So your instinct is to pay a bit of money, if needed, to see the flop. But if it’s a game with lots of players around the poker table, that’s rarely a risk worth taking, says Paul. This is especially true if the pair you have is low, because there could be other pairs around the table that have a higher hand ranking in Texas Holdem. And the three of a kind you are hoping for would then also have a good chance of beaten too.
We don’t want to be too gloomy, but another set of hole cards that aren’t always as welcome as you might think they are Off Suit cards – say one high, and one low, like an Ace of diamonds and five of clubs. Paul Phua says too many amateurs overrate those hands.
On the other hand, Paul Phua thinks that a suited Ace and five is underrated in Texas Holdem, so for example Ace of spades and five of spades. Why the difference?
And what does Paul Phua think about suited low cards in poker games? Watch the video to find out, and help you tell what the best pre flop poker hands are.
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