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Poker Table Positions and Hand Matrix

  • Published Date November 8, 2019
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Poker is a high-pressure game which requires lots of patience, practice, skill, understanding of table positions and possible hands along with awareness of rules. 

For a beginner, it will even work if only he could remember the combination of cards and their ranking which can make him win the hand.

In Poker, the minimum no. of players required is 2. Two cards are dealt face-down to each player before the first betting round, visible only to the player holding them and these cards are called Hole Cards or Pocket cards. After that 5 cards are dealt face-up by the dealer in the center of the table, visible and shared by all players to make the Best Possible Poker Hand using 2 hole cards and the 5 community cards and only 5 best cards are countable.

Lets first of all see the Poker Table Position before the preflop:

Position in Poker table is a very important aspect while playing hands. Your gameplay at a specific position can make other players fold or make them think before they call your bet. Also, the player who is sitting in late position surely has more ideas about other players cards and their hand strength. This will help them to use the actions of other players in the hand to judge what their hand strength is. 

For example, if most of the players just call minimum without raising bet amount, there is a chance for the player sitting at Hijack or cut-off position to act for stealing a pot even if he/she has an average hand.


SB and BB: Small Blind and Big Blind “colored in blue in the above Poker table position” both these are the worst positions when playing Texas Holdem Poker hand.
UTG: Under the Gun, This is the early position.
MP: Middle Position
HiJack: This is the best position at the Poker table.
Cut-off: This is a late position and also a preferable position at Poker table.

Poker Hands Matrix

Let's now see the Poker Hands Matrix. It’s basically a table that helps you figure out what hands are strong that will connect when flop is dealt by the dealer and what hands are weak. Or in other words, what are the odds in your favour. This is the first and basic strategic concept that every Poker player should probably learn. For making it easier, I’ve colour coded and provided a legend of what action (play or not) each combination of your Hole cards calls for.

AA

77%

AKs

61%

AQs

76%

AJs

70%

ATs

65%

A9s

68%

A8s

54%

A7s

47%

A6s

46%

A5s

46%

A4s

46%

A3s

46%

A2s

46%

AKo

58%

KK

82%

KQs

80%

KJs

75%

KTs

93%

K9s

73%

K8s

51%

K7s

51%

K6s

51%

K5s

50%

K4s

50%

K3s

50%

K2s

50%

AQo

76%

KQo

81%

QQ

87%

QJs

82%

QTs

81%

Q9s

81%

Q8s

74%

Q7s

74%

Q6s

71%

Q5s

70%

Q4s

70%

Q3s

70%

Q2s

70%

AJo

70%

KJo

76%

QJo

82%

JJ

87%

JTs

76%

J9s

79%

J8s

69%

J7s

65%

J6s

64%

J5s

64%

J4s

64%

J3s

64%

J2s

64%

ATo

62%

KTo

93%

QTo

81%

JTo

77%

TT

74%

T9s

74%

T8s

90%

T7s

52%

T6s

52%

T5s

52%

T4s

52%

T3s

51%

T2s

51%

A9o

70%

K9o

70%

Q9o

82%

J9o

80%

T9o

72%

99

87%

98s

67%

97s

62%

96s

62%

95s

62%

94s

62%

93s

62%

92s

62%

A8o

50%

K8o

47%

Q8o

75%

J8o

69%

T8o

89%

98o

64%

88

58%

87s

39%

86s

38%

85s

38%

84s

37%

83s

37%

82s

36%

A7o

42%

K7o

46%

Q7o

71%

J7o

65%

T7o

48%

97o

58%

87o

33%

77

49%

76s

29%

75s

29%

74s

28%

73s

27%

72s

27%

A6o

425

K6o

46%

Q6o

71%

J6o

65%

T6o

48%

96o

58%

86o

33%

76o

23%

66

47%

65s

27%

64s

26%

63s

26%

62s

26%

A5o

41%

K4o

46%

Q5o

71%

J5o

65%

T5o

48%

95o

58%

85o

33%

75o

22%

65o

21%

55

45%

54s

25%

53s

25%

52s

24%

A4o

41%

K4o

46%

Q4o

71%

J4o

65%

T4o

48%

94o

58%

84o

31%

74o

21%

64o

19%

540

18%

44

44%

43s

24%

42s

24%

A3o

41%

K3o

45%

Q3o

71%

J3o

64%

T3o

47%

93o

58%

83o

31%

73o

21%

63o

19%

53o

18%

43o

18%

33

42%

32s

24%

A2o

41%

K2o

45%

Q2o

71%

J2o

64%

T20

47%

92o

58%

82o

31%

72o

21%

62o

19%

52o

18%

42o

17%

30o

17%

22

40%

s = Suited Cards i.e AKs = Ace and King of same suit.

o = Off-Suit Cards i.e AKo"Ace and King but not of the same suit.


Definitely Play

Can Play

Consider Playing till flop open

Consider if other do not raise

Consider Folding

Definitely Fold


So that’s a short explanation about the table positions and hand matrix. I hope this article has helped you the basics of each. Stay tuned for more on card games in our future blogs.

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