The Cards

Complete set of Texas strategy cards

This card system is designed to advise you of the strength of your hand pre-flop. Armed with this information, you will be better qualified to make a call about how to play based on the table situation.

There are nine cards included in the system covering tables sizes from playing head-to-head all the way up to a multi-way pot in which there are ten interested parties staying in the game.

How the cards work

Example Strategy Card

Select the appropriate card from the set for the number of players who are interested in the current pot. An example card for eight players is shown on the left.

This card shows all 169 possible combinations for the pocket cards. Suited cards are represented on the top right of the card, and unsuited cards are represented in the lower left area. Pairs occupy the leading diagonal, with pocket aces in the top left, and pocket twos in the lower right.

Using computer simulation, hundreds of millions of games of poker were played. For each possible starting hand, the number of times these cards would have won or drawn was recorded (had the played stayed through the river card). All the results were then tabulated, sorted and bracketed to generate these strategy cards.

The best possible starting hand is marked #1 (In all cases, pocket aces), the next best hand is marked #2 (pocket kings), all the way down to the poorest starting hand which is marked #169.

Close up of card

  Great   Good   Okay   Dubious   Inferior

The cards are conveniently rainbow color coded so that you can see at a glance the starting odds of your hold cards.

Why the cards are different

Easy to use

The more players that stay into a pot, the higher the typical hand required to win is. When playing head-to-head, a high card or pair may often be enough to seal the victory for you. As the number of people who stay in a pot increases, so does the average hand required to win.

This fact changes the values of the starting hands.

With a small number of players, the value of having an ace (suited or not) in your hold cards is quite noticeable. However, as the number of players in the hand increases, the chances of any player hitting a straight or flush becomes much higher, and so the importance of suited cards, connected cards (cards numerically next to each other), and even loosely-connected cards (cards numerically near each other that could possibly make a straight) becomes much higher.

If a partial straight appears in the community cards, and you are playing head-to-head, the chances that one of you has the required card to complete the straight is low, but as the number of players at the table increases, the chances that someone has the required card is much higher.

Hands that are great hands to hold head-to-head could be very poor choices to enter into a large multi-way pot, and vice-versa. These cards will help teach you how these probabilities change depending on the number of players in the pot.

Two Players

Ten Players

Need things a little bigger?

New Poster!

New. By popular demand, we are now pleased to announce availability of our strategy guide in poster format.

Our poster format product displays exactly the same strategy information as our card sets but printed, instead, on a glossy easy-read 18" x 24" poster.

(Each grid approx 4" x 5").

Can't decide if you want the convenience of the pocket sized cards, or the presence of the larger poster? Order them both! Our posters are sold for the same low price as our card sets.

Our posters are shipped in rigid 3" tubes to ensure that they arrive with you in the same pristine as they leave our warehouse.

Put one on your wall today!

GreatPokerHands Poster

Think you already know about poker odds?

Try this: If there are three players in a pot, which of these starting hands is the strongest?

Which is the strongest?

How would the strength of these hands change if there were ten players in the pot? Two? Not sure? Buy these cards today and find out!

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