Making the most of the worst poker hands


Poker players are hard-pressed to find the most effective way of extracting maximum value from those hands that are regarded as worth playing. Premium hands, such as pocket Aces or pocket Kings are supposed to be easy to play, especially when you have late position. Contrary to popular belief, even these hands can cause plenty of headaches, especially when pit against tight aggressive opponents who are prone to folding the vast majority of hands.

Over the internet, players have the advantage of competing at several tables simultaneously, which means that they don’t have to wait too long before premium hands finally come their way. Even so, dry spells are a reality that players from all walks of life are confronted with but things are even more difficult when you play in brick-and-mortar venues. The hand frequency is much lower and since multi-tabling is not an option, players need to be not only skilled but also disciplined to prevail.

The vast majority of hands dealt to them are more or less unplayable, which means that for most of the times players have no choice but to muck their cards. It comes as no surprise that many are trying to find a definitive way of making the most of the worst poker hands. Only those who try to make a point or irritate their opponents, will be adamant in playing 7-2, which is widely regarded as the worst possible combination of cards in poker.

On the other hand, the question is how to play slightly better cards such as low suited connectors or a combination of small and bigger cards that don’t share the same colour. There is an overwhelming temptation for players to take a leap of faith with such a hand, especially after being dealt useless cards for a long period of time. Beginners and those who lack experience at high-stakes are more likely to succumb to pressure and give in to temptation, than veterans.

In a nutshell, the best way of making the most of the worst poker hands is to simply fold them because in poker not losing money can be the same as winning. It is not the most glamorous way of playing the game, but on the long run, if you stick to a relatively narrow range of cards you are more likely to emerge victorious. Position and your table image should also be factored in, but players should refrain from using these as arguments in favour of doing what they feel like, instead of doing the right thing.

There are of course exceptions to the rule and every now and then, weak poker hands can be played from late position if nobody ahead of you and raises. On the off chance that you hit a monster board and greatly improve your hand, it might be worth paying the blinds, especially if pit against opponents that tend to bluff a lot.