What are premium hands in poker?

There are many good hands and just as many bad hands in Texas Hold’em. You need to decide which is which. In order to make that happen, you will need to figure out what type of game that you are playing. Is it fixed limit, no limit or pot limit.

Here is a general guide to use when you are just starting out and want to be a winning player at the lower limits. I suggest starting out at a fixed limit of £0.50/£1.00 or lower.

As a side note, the following hands are just a guideline to give you a better advantage in fixed-limit Hold’em. In pot or no limit you will still play these hands, however, you may play them differently.

Hands to Raise with:
These are called premium hands that you will want to push the pot hard pre-flop:


Hands to call with:
You want to see the flop with these hands and then decide what you next course of action is. Do not call three bets with these hands, call only one or two.

AJ, KQ, QJ, JT, T9 (only if of same suit), 99, 88, 77, Ax (same suit)