Grouping of Texas Holdem Poker Playing Strategies – In Texas Hold’em online, the hands you can hold are usually grouped with the help of two different broad categories.
There was a need from the very beginning of the poker game for some way to know exactly which hands were weak and which were strong, which were weaker when comparing and which hands to keep or throw. This is why, some time ago, a chart has been created that explains and clarifies hand rankings in hold’em. Every possible hand has been evaluated and included in this chart, and the odds for each hand, in all types of drawing situations, have been compared to the odds of the same hand and then classified. The groupings of hands are made into eight different groups, starting with group 1, the group that is considered to have the highest odds and ending with the group of eight which with few exceptions the group of very low hands, with very low odds, which are usually not played.
Also, in each group the hands are placed in order, from the one that proves to be the strongest to the weakest in that group.
The most recognized and appreciated hand charts have been developed by two idn play poker analysts and writers who have written books and analyzes on poker strategy and theory. Their names are David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth and their hand grouping was first published in a book called “Hold’em Poker for Advanced Players”. The Sklansky Hold’em Hand Grouping is presented below:
Group 1: AA, KK, QQ, JJ, A-Ks
Group2: TT, A-Qs, A-Js, K-Qs, AK
Group3: 9-9, J-Ts, Q-Js, K-Js, A-Ts, AQ
Group4: T-9, KQ, 8-8, Q-Ts, 9-8, J-9, AJ, K-Ts
Group 5: 7-7, 8-7, Q-9, T-8, KJ, QJ, JT, 7-6, 9-7, A-x, 6-5
Group 6: 6-6, AT, 5-5, 8-6s, KT, QT, 5-4s, K-9s, J-8s, 7-5s
Group7: 4-4, J-9, 6-4, T-9, 5-3, 3-3, 98-, 4-3, 2-2, K-x, T-7, Q-8
Group8: 8-7, A-9, Q-9, 7-6, 4-2, 3-2, 9-6, 8-5, J-8, J-7, 6-5, 5-4, 7-8 seconds, K-9, T-8, 4-3
After this table has been successfully used by many experts, one has researched for diploma papers in university senior year with different hand groupings. It builds on the above and shows it, but also shows that it is incomplete and additional hands have been added and improved. The Grouping of Modified Hold’em Hands is:
Group 1: AA KK QQ JJ A-Ks
Group 2: TT A-Qs A-Js K-Qs AK
Group 3: 9-9 K-Ts Q-Js K-Js A-Ts AQ
Group 4: A-8s KQ 8-8 Q-Ts A-9s AT AJ J-Ts
Group 5: 7-7 Q-9s KJ QJ JT A-7s A-6s A-5s A-4s A-3s A-2s J-9s T-9s K-9s KT QT
Group 6: 6-6 J-8s 9-8s T-8s 5-5 J-9 4-3s 7-5s T-9 3-3 9-8 6-4s 2-2 K-8s K-7s K- 6s K-5s K-4s K-3s K-2s Q-8s 4-4 8-7s 9-7s
Group 7: 8-7 5-3s A-9 Q-9 7-6s 4-2s 3-2s 9-6s 8-5s J-8 J-7s 6-5 5-4 7-4s K-9 T- 8 7-6 6-5s 5-4s 8-6s…