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Top Ten Worst Starting Hands

Glenn McCrory

These hands cause more harm then good, that's why they are the worst hands. In our Pub Poker Experience, the main reason why they are terrible hands to play is because the guy you beat, could have been your best friend buying you shots all night...but he will hate you when this hand wins. I guess it's also because the hand doesn't win very much as well.

The best way to put it is, tournaments are about stamina and consistency. Sure that 2-7 might pay off once because no one knew you had it... but there is a reason they didn't expect it. These hand will lose far more times then they will win. Save your chips for the big blind.

1) 2-7

7-2 off suit is considered the worst hand in Texas Hold'em. PERIOD. Only Joe Vizzacco wins with this hand.

2) 2-8

This is the same basic problem as above, only you've got an 8 instead of a 7. Still pretty bad for a high card. Suited or not, your headed for failure... But you can't take back your big blind.. i am sorry that is the rules.

3) 3-8 & 3-7

Too close of a call to put too much energy into both of these hands so I grouped them. Do not play these hands no mater what anyone says.

4) 2-6

Ok so maybe it is possible to get a small straight if you get a miracle flop 3,4,5. But you are just going to lose to the person that was playing 6,7 or 7, 8. Just fold it, I promise you will see better cards next hand.

5) 2-9, 3-9, & 4-9

If the 9 pairs, you'll have a middle pair that could still be beat by anyone holding pocket 10s, jacks, queens, kings, or aces. And anyone with high connecters is just going to call your bet and catch on the river anyways, save your chips, and your sanity. Don't be made at me when 9, 2 hits on the flop.. i don't predict miracles.

6) 2-10 and now 10 -3

Ok... I get it, Doyle Brunson won a couple of WSOP Tournaments with this hand. That doesn't mean it's a hand you should play. Aparently he has some sixth sense we have so just accept that or maybe you will meet him at the WSOP Championship with Pocket Jacks when he pulls that crap. Announcing this hand as the "Doyle Brunson" might be a chip penalty if the floor manager is in a bad mood and heard it 5 times already that night.

7) 5-9 "Dolly Parton"

"Dolly Parton" Fun to say... but it doesn't win much. Play this hand if the Bar has a really good Loser's Tournament prize this night and you are already going to the WSOP Satellite game.

8) Tie: 4-7, 4-8, 5-8, 3-6...

Notice I am starting to group these cards here. It's getting late and way past my bedtime, so i don't have the energy to describe how bad these hands are. Just fold, fold, fold, and fold.

9) Face card + low card, unsuited

Your just gonna lose to the player with the higher second card... and you know it! So fold it before it sucks you in to an expensive beat and fast admission to the loser's tables. Some of these hands even have nicknames (J-2 "Flat Tire") but they are the nicknames you cried about in 3rd grade.

10) Ace + low card, unsuited "Ace Junk"

This is another common beginner mistake, playing any ace. I say play it if there is no raises in front of you, it's a free tournament. Don't get mad at me when you don't catch a thing or your Ace Junk get's beat by Ace... not as junky.

Hugs and Kisses,

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