This is the simplest, easiest to remember starting poker hand chart for 6 handed No Limit Texas Holdem:
How it works:
- K or bigger from early,
- Q or bigger from middle position,
- J or bigger from the cutoff,
- 10 or bigger from the button, and the same for the small blind.
- Plus pairs, JJ from early, then 10-10, then 9-9.
This ensures that you will be playing good hands, and will make it easier to avoid difficult decisions later.
Make sure that you always raise 2.5 – 3 big blinds when you play these hands (ie.: if the blinds are 5 and 10, raise to 30). If someone before you likes to play every hand and has already just completed the blind, raise them up 4 or even 5 big blinds. They are playing any crap; make them pay to see the flop with their garbage.
There are dozens of additional considerations, too many to include in a single post.
- Is everybody playing every hand?
- Is there one person raising every hand?
- Has a reasonable player already raised?
- Is there someone who likes to re-raise whenever someone raises?
- Is everyone always folding when someone raises?
- Does no one fold when someone raises?
- Does the person right ahead of you play every pot?
- Does everyone have a full stack, or are some players playing with only 10 or 20 big blinds?
- Do you have more than 10 big blinds, or are you playing short?
- Is this a tournament, or a cash game?
- What if there are only 5 at the table? Or 3? Or 8? How does that change the list?
And that’s just preflop considerations. If you raise preflop and get a call, what happens on the flop?
I’ll go into these consideration as I re-write my original blog, but if you need advice before I get around to re-writing them: