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Worst Starting Hands in Poker

Learn what are the worst starting hands in poker from poker champion Nick "Nicky Numbers" Brancato in this Howcast video.

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Hey, I'm Professional Poker Player, Nicky Numbers, I'm going to talk to you today, about the worst hands in poker. Now, a lot of what you've seen on poker on t.v. and in movies, has looked something like this. You see a player, sitting there, with five cards in front of them. That is draw poker. Poker itself, isn't actually a game. It's a category of card games that are played. What you're really talking about when you're asking about poker, is No Limit Hold Em, the most popular game in the world. Unless you're very short stacked with ten big blinds or less, and you're moving all in pre-flop, then just having a single high card, doesn't add a lot of value to hands.

Suitedness and connectedness matters much more than just having a single, large card in your hand. So, hands like King, Nine, are extremely poor holdings in No Limit Hold Em, because they can rarely continue pass the flop, and very rarely do they make strong made hands, like straights and flushes, because they're barely connected, and they're not suited. So, another example of this would be King, Deuce. Basically, cards that are off suit, and have more than one gap, have the lowest play ability in all of No Limit Hold Em. They can rarely, comfortably continue past the flop. They don't hit big, often. They hit big very infrequently, like maybe one time in fifty, do hey flop two pair, or better, to make a strong made hand post-flop. Most of the time they're flopping one pair, and even when they do, they have kicker problems, because the card that goes along with their one pair, is pretty much never a good one.

Other examples of hands like this are Queen, Eight; Jack, Nine; Four, Deuce; or Eight, Three. Hands like Eight, Three, or Seven, Deuce, or Deuce, Four, that are off suit, tend to rank the lowest in terms of hand match ups. These hands rarely hit the flop hard. They're just the worst hands that you can play in all of No Limit Hold Em. And, you're actually dealt a hand of this nature, off suit cards, with one gap or more, that do not contain an Ace, forty-seven percent of the time. That means nearly half the time, you're dealt two rags that you should go use for toilet paper or something, because they're more useful that way.

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