How Many Poker Starting Hands Are There?

In poker, there are a total of 169 unique starting hands. However, because suits have no relative value in poker, many of these hands are identical in value before the flop.

For example, the two hands A♥ J♦ and A♠ J♥ are both considered ace-high hands.

There are 13 different ranks of cards, from two to ace. There are also four different suits: clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades.

PRO TIP:When playing Texas Hold’em, there are a total of 169 different combinations of starting hands. These are divided into two categories – premium and non-premium hands. The most common premium hands are AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AKs and AKo while the most common non-premium hands are all pairs from 77 down to 22 as well as ATs, KTs and QTs. Therefore it is important to understand the value of each starting hand and how to play them correctly.

Therefore, there are a total of 52 cards in a deck.

The number of ways to choose 13 out of 52 cards is 52C13 = 2,598,960. This is the number of possible ways to be dealt a hand in poker.

However, not all of these hand combinations are playable. For example, a player cannot have two pairs or four of a kind.

Therefore, the number of playable starting hands is reduced to only 169 unique combinations.