Beginners Poker - Hand Groupings

Hand Groupings

Most players have come across tables like the one seen below. They are designed for beginner players to be able to correctly value their starting hands. The groups are listed in order of strength, and the hands are also in order of strength within each group (left to right). The idea is that all hands in a particular group should be played the same way.

  • Group 1 - AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AKs
  • Group 2 - TT, AQs, AJs, KQs, AK
  • Group 3 - 99, JTs, QJs, KJs, ATs, AQ
  • Group 4 - T9s, KQ, 88, QTs, 98s, J9s, AJ, KTs
  • Group 5 - 77, 87s, Q9s, T8s, KJ, QJ, JT, 76s, 97s, Axs, 65s
  • Group 6 - 66, AT, 55, 86s, KT, QT, 54s, K9s, J8s, 75s
  • Group 7 - 44, J9, 64s, T9, 53s, 33, 98, 43s, 22, Kxs, T7s, Q8s
  • Group 8 - 87, A9, Q9, 76, 42s, 32s, 96s, 85s, J8, J7s, 65, 54, 74s, K9, T8

You should be playing only

  • Group 1 hands from early position
  • Groups 1 & 2 hands from middle position
  • Groups 1-4 hands from late position

Important Points

Notice Group 6 contains AT, KT, QT and 75s. That doesn't mean 75s is more powerful than you thought, it means AT, KT, and QT are not very good hands. This is a common mistake. The same holds true for a hand like QT. Many players play these as if they are just as good as AQs or TT, statistically they are not.

The most important point to take from the table is that it's designed for beginners and with experience you'll learn to play all different types of hands from the whole of the list effectively.

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