Starting hands

When you start playing poker, you might be tempted to play every hand on the off chance you'll get lucky. If you want to make money, that’s the worst possible thing you can do.

In fact, there are some standard principles about what hole cards you should play (or not), depending on your position at the table.

Read our starting hands guide and you'll be off to a good start. You may be surprised at what you're being told to fold, but you'll soon understand why.

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