Knowing the best cards to play will increase your chances of winning at poker. This guide is designed to help you select which cards to play and which cards to fold. In poker any two cards can win, and any two cards can lose.
Remember that good starting cards can turn bad after the flop and bad cards can become good. But you will stand a better chance of winning if you stick to playing good cards like the ones listed below.
The Best Poker Cards...
The cards shown above are some of the very best hands you can get dealt in poker. When you’re dealt Aces, Kings or Ace/King suited you're in a good position to raise and re-raise all bets.
Good Poker Cards...
The cards above are good solid hands to play, along with high values they also have a strong flush or straight draw potential (see Hand Rankings).
With these cards you should call in the first round of betting and even raise in a late position. Although they are good cards, you still need a little good luck with the flop to win.
Average Poker Cards
Not the best cards and not the worst cards either but you will be looking for a kind flop, turn and river to make anything out of them. If possible when playing these cards try to see a flop for free or even a cheap call.
If someone at the table is betting hard then it might be wise to fold these cards. They can be played but only in the right conditions. i.e. in a short handed game or in late position when most other players have folded.
Barely Playable Cards
Cards like these should have you folding faster than Superman on laundry day. Occasionally you might hit a dream flop playing with these but it's unlikely! You should only play these cards if you're on the big blind and can see a flop for free or you're down to your last few chips in a tournament.