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Short Deck: Ranking The Starting Hands

by Kevin Haney |  Published: Apr 24, 2019


Card Player Magazine, available in print and online, covers poker strategy, poker news, online and casino poker, and poker legislation. Sign up today for a digital subscription to access more than 800 magazine issues and get 26 new issues per year! The value of a starting hand is a function of many variables; pure equity, playability, quality of possible draws, and its ability to collect money from inferior hands. So far in this series we have analyzed the probability of how often certain hands make strong holdings or draws, and examined equities before and after the flop. Thus, we are ready to put it all together and rank the overall strength of the starting hands. Premium Hands Pocket aces and pocket kings are premium hands, as they are in Full Deck. They are almost as big equity favorites over smaller pocket pairs as they are in regular hold’em and flop ...

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