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Poker Starting Hands
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In the game of Texas holdem poker each poker player is dealt two cards face down, known as hole cards. The are the players cards which remain hidden from the other poker players. Betting begins after all players are dealt their hole cards before any of the community cards are dealt.
There are 1,326 possible combination's of hole cards in a standard 52 card deck but since suits have no relative value before the flop many of these hands have identical value before the flop. A good example is AH JH and AS JS, these are identical because each hand consists of a AJ and are of the same suit. There are 169 nonequivalent starting hands in holdem, 13 poket pairs, 78 suited hands and 78 unsuited hands (13+78+78=169). These hands are not all rated equally.