In the first part of this article, we looked at the most premium starting hands that you can be dealt at the poker table. It is true that if you only played these hands then, at most lower stakes tables, you would probably be winning poker player. However, these only represent a small-ish percentage of the hole cards that you will be dealt. If you want to maximise your profit against weak opponents, or you find yourself up against good tight-aggressive players, or you just want to get in on the action and don't feel like grinding it out, then you will...
Choosing your starting hand when playing Texas Hold'em Poker is like choosing your weapon before a duel. Choose the wrong weapon and you will probably lose. A toy inflatable sword will almost never beat a Glock 9mm, and an unsuited 2,5 will almost never beat Aces. Generally speaking, to win any given hand, you either need a better weapon than your opponent, or you need to actually understand their weapon better than they do.
When most people think of "poker" they think of No Limit Texas Hold'em. This version of the game is undoubtedly the most popular at the moment. No Limit Texas Hold'em is pretty much the only version of poker that is televised, and most of the large prestigious tournaments play this version.
We were all beginners once...think about it, even the greatest legends of poker once had to be told basic things like, which hands beat which, when was their turn to bet and not to go all in just because they had and Ace. The initial learning curve with any new game is always steep, and this is magnified in the case of poker because we are usually playing for real money!
Poker players love a bit of jargon, don't we! We like our in-game language to be infused with metaphor, history and, of course, a bit of tongue in cheek comedy. When sat around a poker table we are a close coterie of warring friends. We know that, whoever wins, we are all participating in a shared experience, a shared knowledge and a shared history.