Easy Starting Poker Hand Chart; 6 handed

by PokerAnon ~ June 13th, 2014. Filed under: Poker Analysis.

This is the simplest, easiest to remember starting poker hand chart for 6 handed No Limit Texas Holdem:


Starting Poker Hands No Limit Texas Holdem 6 Max

Starting Poker Hands No Limit Texas Holdem 6 Max

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:


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