Poker Hands That Can Become Winning Hands With Enough Strategic Thinking

One of the best things about poker is the wide variety of winning hands. While some might be more common than others, any hand has the potential to win with the right approach. Here are just a few examples of poker hands that can be winning hands with enough ingenuity:

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High Cards

A high card is a hand with no matching cards, straights, or flushes. For example, if a player has the hole cards A-4 and the flop comes J-8-2, they have a high card of an Ace. 

Depending on the board, a hand with a high card can be the strongest, so paying attention to other players is vital. If the board is dry, you should be more aggressive in betting since you have a good chance of making a high hand. On the other hand, if the board is wet, you should be more cautious since you might get out-flopped (when someone gets a higher hand than you).

Draws

A draw is when a player has the potential to improve their hand with the next cards. For example, a player with four cards of the same suit has a flush draw. On the other hand, if it’s four cards of succeeding rank and an unrelated card, then it’s an open-ended straight draw. While this isnโ€™t a winning hand, it can become one if the player draws the right card.

There are many types of draws, but the key is to identify them and play them accordingly. For example, a player with a flush draw could be more aggressive in betting since they have a good chance of making their hand. On the other hand, a player with an open-ended straight draw should be more cautious since they need more specific cards to complete their hand.

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Middle Cards

Middle cards, such as 6, 7, and 8, can be used to your advantage. For example, if you have the hole cards 6-7 and the flop comes 3-8-9, you can make a straight with a 5 or a 10 on the turn or on the river. However, you also have the potential to be out-flopped if someone has a higher card than you.

The key with middle cards is to be aware of the potential danger. If you think there’s a good chance that someone has a higher hand than you, then you should be more cautious in your betting. On the other hand, if you think you have a good chance of making your hand, you can be more aggressive.

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Pocket Pairs

A pocket pair is when a player has two hole poker card hands of the same rank. For example, if a player has two 9s, they have a pocket pair. The key with this hand is to play it carefully. If the board doesn’t have matching cards, it’s often best to check and see if you can make a set (three of a kind) on the turn or river. However, if the board does have matching cards, you have more leeway to bet bigger since you already have a set and now have a chance of making a full house.

For example, if you have a pocket pair of 9โ€™s and the flop (the first three community cards) comes J-9-2, you have three of a kind. However, if the turn (the fourth community card) comes as an Ace, someone with pocket Aces would have made a better hand.

The bottom line is that pocket pairs have the potential to be winning hands, but they need to be played carefully.

Three-Of-A-Kind

This hand is self-explanatory. It is three cards of the same rank. For example, if a player has three 7โ€™s, they have a three-of-a-kind. It’s a rare hand, but it’s not among the strongest of them. At the same time itโ€™s not bad, either.

Like the other hands here, paying attention to the board is crucial if you want to play this hand. A dry board means you can be aggressive and have good chances of making a high hand. On the other hand, you should be careful if the board is wet, as you might get out-drawn.

With three-of-a-kind, it is also essential to be aware of your opponents. If they are playing aggressively, you should be more cautious in betting since they might have a better hand. However, if they play passively, you can be more aggressive since they are likely to fold if you put pressure on them.

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Full House

A full house is when a player has three of a kind and a pair. For example, if a player has three Aces and two Kings, they have a full house. It’s a fairly rare hand, so you should maximize its value when you have it. Also, a full house is versatile since it can beat flushes, straights, and two-pair hands.

Lastly, if you have the right poker odds, you can turn it into an even more powerful hand: a four-of-a-kind. At this point, you only need to worry about a straight flush and a royal flush, both of which have meager chances of being obtained. 

Time To Get Handsy! Getting the best poker hands such as straight flushes or four-of-a-kind is always good, but you’ll rarely get them. So, make your own luck! The next time you play in a casino or online poker, pay attention to the board and your opponents and use your creativity to make the best of the hands you get. Good luck!