Monday, September 27, 2010

Sklansky Starting hands and Theorem

Here are the Sklansky Starting hands, It is a guide the most of Poker tracker softwares use to make a range of winning hands and a lot of people use these hand rankings in their play too.

If you don't know Who's Sklansky he was like the Poker god of 1970++, He has a few books that are still considered the Best:

There was a Poker theorem in David's book that says...
Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponents' cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose. Conversely, every time opponents play their hands differently from the way they would have if they could see all your cards, you gain; and every time they play their hands the same way they would have played if they could see all your cards, you lose."

Now for all of us these may sound weird or hand to understand because we can't see opponents cards , but there a reasoning behind this theorem if you want to know more about read David's book or you can just Wiki search the Theorem yourself and read it, ( but there's a lot more stuff on the book that really for me at least made a difference


1AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AKsEarly, Middle, Late
2TT, AQs, AJs, KQs, AKEarly, Middle, Late.
399, JTs, QJs, KJs, ATs, AQEarly, Middle, Late
4T9s, KQ, 88, QTs, 98s, J9s, AJ, KTsEarly, Middle, Late
577, 87s, Q9s, T8s, KJ, QJ, JT, 76s, 97s, Axs, 65sEarly*, Middle, Late
666, AT, 55, 86s, KT, QT, 54s, K9s, J8s, 75sMiddle**, Late
744, J9, 64s, T9, 53s, 33, 98, 43s, 22, Kxs, T7s, Q8sLate***
887, A9, Q9, 76, 42s, 32s, 96s, 85s, J8, J7s, 65, 54, 74s, K9, T8

* Playable in early position if game is loose/passive.
** Playable in middle position if game is loose/passive.
***Playable in late position if you are the first to bet.


  1. thanks for that info :) I will try to play a bit of poker, but just fun money :)

  2. thanks man! I'm tyring to get better at poker