Starting Hands In Early Position.

Since you are out of position on all rounds, you need a superior starting hand to make it worth playing.

Unraised Pot.

  1. Typical gameGroup 1-3 Raise approximately 1/3 of the time with a hand like 109s as long as the game is typical or tough.
  2. Loose passiveGroup 1-5 (Especially suited connectors). The game would have to be almost perfect for hands like KJ or QJ to be playable from an early position.
  3. Loose aggressive Group 1-4 Discard some of the weaker Group 4 hands such as AJ and K10s.
  4. Tough gameGroup 1-3

Raise with AA, KK, QQ, AK, and AQ. Also raise approximately 2/3 of the time with AKs, AQs, AJs, and KQs. The reason for sometimes calling with these hands is not only for deception purposes but also because they play well in multiway pots. You may also occasionally limp with AA or KK. The time to do this would be when your early position raises are not getting any callers. If raised, you would frequently, but not always reraise. (However, if you are heads-up and are raised we suggest that you usually just call with AA or KK to add deception against your one opponent. Then plan to raise on the fourth street.) Be less inclined to limp with KK vs AA.

If you call with a large suited connector and are raised, go ahead and reraise with AKs and possibly with AQs. If a lot of people are in the pot, you sometimes can reraise with a hand like J19s. Basically, you are making the pot larger so that if you get a flop you like, then more of your opponents will be encouraged to stay for one or two more cards with as little as one overcard. The same is true of small pairs such as 22, 33. They can be played providing that you are sure that you will get a multiway pot. However, they can stand a little more action than the suited connectors. But if many pots are going to three bets or more, they are not worth playing, even if you can usually anticipate several opponents.

Unraised Pot With Caller(s).

Raise with hands in Groups 1-2 + AQ, and perhaps some other hands at random(Occasionally).

Raised Pot.

  1. Typical gameGroups 1-2
  2. Loose passive gameGroup 1-3(Beware of AQ. This hand does not play well against an early position raiser if many players remain to act behind you)
  3. Loose aggressive – Group 1-3
  4. Tight-aggressive or tough gameGroups 1-2 (Against an extremely tight player in a tough game, it may be correct to throw away some of the Group 2 hands, such as AJs and KQs)

What are your starting hands against Loose-raisers? (Players who have weak raising standards and thus frequently are first to put two bets in the pot). Besides playing Group 1-2, you should also play AQ, 99, and 88, and probably reraise with them. (You should also be reraising with the Group 12 hands except for AJs and KQs which are still best to just call with.)


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