Follow these hand charts and learn how to play your starting hands at Texas Holdem.

The charts below will give you a great starting point on how to play your starting hands. For all of you beginners, we recommend consulting these charts will playing online.

We provide 4 separate charts depending on where you are seated relative to the dealer. You can find out how to play the Blinds, Early Position, Middle Position, and Late Position.

After the flop, you can consult the Drawing Odds Chart at the bottom, but you will also have to develop your reads, pot odds and other skills to develop your post-flop strategies.

Small Blind & Big Blind Hand Chart


Early Position Hand Chart


Middle Position Hand Chart


Late Position Hand Chart



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Drawing Odds Chart



How to Read the Starting Hand Charts

Let’s look at some examples of how to use these poker odds charts…

Early Position

88 77
A8s A7s

Unraised Pot

Call 1
Call 1

Raised Pot


* In early position, only call with A8s or 77 if there is already at least one caller in the pot. Fold if you are first in or if the pot has been raised.
Middle Position


Unraised Pot

Call 3

Raised Pot


* In middle position, only call only play 98s if there are already three or more callers. Do not call raises.
Late Position



Unraised Pot

Raise 1, Call 2

Raise First In, Call 1

Raised Pot

RR 1 Option, Call All

RR or Fold against 1 Player, Call 3

* In late position, you should raise with JJ against one caller or first in, and call against two callers or more. You have the option of rerasing a lone raiser; otherwise, always call a raise.
* Raise 99 when you are first in from late position; otherwise, call if the pot has not been raised. If the pot has been raised, you should either re-raise or fold when against a single player, or call if there are three players in the hand.




SB Unraised Pot

Raise 1 or 2, Call 3



SB Raised Pot

RR 1 or 2, Call 3

RR Lone Late, Fold


BB Raised Pot

Call (raise 1 or 2 limpers)


Call 2, or 1 Late

* In the small blind, you can raise or reraise one or two opponents with AQ, otherwise, call against three or more opponents.

* In the small blind, always call A9s against limpers. If the pot has been raised, you should reraise a late position player. You should fold if the raiser is in early or middle position or against two or more opponents.

* In the big blind, you can call with KJ against two opponents or a lone late player. Fold against a lone player from early or middle position.

With a little practice, you should be able to find the appropriate poker strategy very quickly. I recommend keeping these charts open to provide guidance as you play. May the odds be with you! – Matthew Hilger



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