Worst Starting Hands in Texas Hold 'Em
With such a large gap between the numbers, they're
Hi, I'm Susan Harding with About.com, and today we're going to show you the ten worst starting hands in Texas Hold 'Em, the ones you really don't want to see, using information from About.com's Board and Card Games site.At the top spot on the list, the 2 and 7, especially if they're unsuited. They're the lowest two cards you can have that cannot make a straight. At number two, a two and an eight, just like before, it has the same problems. It's a tie for number three. A 3 and an 8, or a 3 and a 7. The 3 and 7 hand does give you a chance to form a straight, but a very low one.At number four, we have the 2 and a 6. Okay, you could get a straight with this hand or a flush, but someone will probably beat you with a higher straight or a higher flush. It's a tie for the fifth worst hand in Texas hold em. The 2-9, 3-9, and the 4-9. The only thing attractive about these hands is the 9, but even if it pairs, it's still not a high pair. That brings us to the 2 and the 10. With such a large gap between the numbers, they're impossible to connect, especially when unsuited.At number seven, the 5 and 9, better known as the old 9 to 5. If you look at the stats, this hand is usually a loser. With number eight, we have a tie: 4 and 7, 4 and 8, 5 and 8, and 3 and 6. Especially unsuited, with all of these hands, the best you can probably do is fold. Number nine is a face card plus a low card, unsuited. Beginners often think any face card makes a playable hand, yet most of these hands will end up doing nothing but causing you to lose some big bets.And for the tenth worst hand in Texas Hold 'Em, the ace and any low card, unsuited. Seeing the ace may give you a false sense of security – but you'll be smart to keep your chips. Just like in any sport, any hand could win on any given day. But the best Texas Hold 'Em players know how to be patient and to wait for the right hands to come along.Thanks for watching, and if you'd like more information on Texas Hold 'Em or any other card game, stay right here on About.com.