We often see a lot of Pokers or Hold’em games through casino (whether it’s landed or online), games, movies or even at your friend’s house. It is one of the most popular card games in the world. The rules are simple, get the best rank or combination of 5 cards. But not everyone knows how many ranks there are and which is higher. Now let’s have a look on the combination of cards below from the highest to lowers ranks order.
Sure, you know that a pair of aces are the best hand in Texas Hold’em, but do you know the worst starting hands? Knowing that these hands are almost-always-fold’em hands in hold’em is just as important to improving your poker game and not playing like a donkey.
Some of these “worst hands” are bad in the same way and will lose at about the same rate, so I’ve called them ties, even when one is a slightly better hand.
7-2 off suit is considered the worst hand in Texas Hold’em. They are the lowest two cards you can have that cannot make a straight (there’s 4 cards between 2 and 7). Even if they are suited, they will make you a very low flush, and if either pairs, it’s an awfully low hand.
Because it is the worst, some players will play it for fun and in online games, it is known as “the hammer.”
This is the same basic problem as above, only you’ve got an 8 instead of a 7. Still pretty bad for a high card. Suited or not, this is a fold’em hold’em hand.
3. Tie: 3-8 & 3-7
The 3 makes this hand able to beat the two above it, but with the 3-8 you still can’t make a straight and the 3-7 still, well, just sucks.
While if the board gives you a miracle flop of 3-4-5, you will have a straight, someone with a 6-7 will have a higher straight. If you get a flush, someone will probably have a higher flush. Against even 4 players, this hand will lose about 90% of the time. Not good odds.
5. Tie: 2-9, 3-9, & 4-9
The only thing these three hands have going for them over the hands above is the 9. If the 9 pairs, you’ll have a middle pair that could still be beat by anyone holding pocket 10s, jacks, queens, kings, or aces, yet you might be fooled by a board filled with low cards into thinking you have the best hand and losing a lot of money. No straights can fill the gap between these cards, either. Beware.
This hand has a legendary quality because Doyle Brunson captured two World Series of Poker Bracelets with it. But it’s not a good hand — Doyle Brunson is one of the all-time best in the game and unless you’re a Texas road gambler who’s logged thousands of hours at the table, you shouldn’t try and win with the Doyle Brunson.
Another hand people play because it’s fun is the old 9 to 5, the “Dolly Parton.” If you’re playing to win, it’s not a good idea to play hands because they have a funny name. That may be how you pick the winning horse in a race, but poker’s a marathon, not a sprint, and over the long term there’s no doubt this hand is a statistical loser.
8. Tie: 4-7, 4-8, 5-8, 3-6…
All these hands will rarely win, especially unsuited. Toss ’em. Just toss’em. Yes, even in the little blind. If you see two low cards in the hole, unless you’re in the big blind and you can see the flop for free, fold.
9. Face card + low card, unsuited
One of the most common mistakes I see beginners make is that when they see any paintin their hand, they play it. J-2, Q-3, K-4 whatever — and most of these hands are losers. They’re junk that may win a few pots, but more often will lose you huge cash when you find the other player has a higher kicker and the winning hand.
10. Ace + low card, unsuited
This is another common beginner mistake, playing any ace. Again, it may win occasionally, and heads-up it’s a fine hand, but at a table of 4 or more, this hand shouldn’t be played if there’s a raise in front of you. You’re going to be outkicked a lot with Ace-little, and it’s going to feel like a kick in the junk when the other player shows their higher ace.
Archie Karas, whose real name is Anargyros Karabourniotis, is the man who:
- Turned $50 into $40 million in the duration of three years
- Lost only game from 1992 to 1995, accumulating around $40 million in a winning streak known as ‘The Run’
- Borrowed $10,000 and turned it into $17 million
After a violent fight with his father, Karas, then 15, hopped onto an international ship and sailed away as a waiter until he reached America. That was when he took up pool, and eventually poker. Karas is best known for his ability and luck to win enormous sums of money, only to lose them all almost immediately. Regardless of the amount of fortune he managed to amass, Karas has always managed to lose them all.
“You’ve got to understand something. Money means nothing to me. I don’t value it. I’ve had all the material things I could ever want. Everything. The things I want money can’t buy: health, freedom, love, happiness. I don’t care about money, so I have no fear. I don’t care if I lose it.”
After a winning streak, Karas finally came face to face with the ‘Crash’. He first loses $20 million playing dice, and later on loses another $17 million playing Baccarat. In 1995, Karas has lost all his money in mere 3 weeks.
“One day I might be driving a Mercedes, and the next day I might be sleeping in it!”
Archie Karas has proven the high turnover of gambling, and each decision made in a game is vital and must be done so cautiously.
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