We all have a favourite poker hand, whether we want to admit it or not, and what that hand is can say a lot about a person. That’s why we’ve decided to take a closer look at people’s most common favourite hands and what it says about them.
You’re a grinder whose only focus is on making the most money possible. If someone asks you what hand you’d want to play for the rest of your life, there’s only one answer – aces. They make the most money and, therefore, are your favourite hand. You’re probably not much fun at parties and spend your time at home running sims on your state-of-the-art PC. Sure, you’re better at poker than us, but are you truly happy? Think on that the next time you’re raking in a pot from us gamblers.
While not quite on the same level as aces, you’re someone who likes a strong hand but likes to live with an element of risk. Sure, you’re likely to have the best hand, but there are still those pesky aces out there that can beat you, and it’s that risk that you can’t get enough of. Either that, or you’re from Texas and have a thing for cowboys – could be either one.
The hunnies. The dames. The ladies. Whatever name you have for them, you just can’t get enough of them. There’s something about them that keeps you coming back for more, even when you said you’d quit after running into cowboys and bullets one too many times. You’re the kind of player who wears their heart on their sleeve and isn’t afraid to show their loyalty to their favourite hand at the table. You don’t care what people say; women aren’t the rake; they’re queens, and you give them the respect they deserve.
A wise man once said, “There are 10 different ways to play jacks, and all of them are wrong.” Despite this, pocket jacks are still your favourite hand to play. Maybe you’re someone who likes a challenge, maybe you’ve finally figured out how to play them, or maybe you’re just a masochist who loves seeing a big pair get cracked. Whichever one it is, we recommend picking a new favourite – for your sanity’s sake.
Ace King Suited
You’re a sculptor of chips, a painter of bluffs, a true artist at the table – at least that’s what you have to be if a drawing hand is your favourite. You see all these people who love pairs and think, “Where’s the challenge?” I want to miss the flop at least ⅔ of the time and really fight for my pots. You love hero-calling AK as it’s the “nut no pair” and are willing to risk your whole stack with it at any time. Still, at least it’s suited.
Ace King Off-Suit
Which brings us to AKo. Seriously, your favourite hand is AK, but you don’t like it suited? What’s wrong with you? Do you hate equity? We get it, it’s hard to work out whether or not you have a flush, and you don’t want to deal with the pressure while everyone’s looking at you, but seriously, it’s worth it. Either that, or someone pranked you by saying AKo can make two flushes and is better than AKs, and if that’s the case, where are you next playing so I can come?
You’ve read the poker books telling you to play the good hands and thrown them out for being too bossy. No one tells you what to do, you’ll play your own goddamn money the way you goddamn please, and that includes punting off with 72o just to rub it in the faces of the grinders. Nothing beats the sense of satisfaction of throwing this hand in the face of some kid in a hoodie, telling them, “That’s how you play poker, kid.” Not even the several trips to the ATM over the course of a night can dampen that feeling, no matter how many sniggers you hear from the table.
Ahhh, finally, someone of culture. “If it’s good enough for ol’ Texas Dolly, it’s good enough for me,” you say. This is a hand that won back-to-back WSOP Main Events, there has to be something to it, right? Right? You’re a player who takes superstition very seriously. You never win the first pot of the night, you touch wood for good luck, and you always play your favourite hand. One of these days, it will pay off for you; I can feel it!
Nine Six of Hearts
You’re the comedian of the table, but there’s also a romantic side to you. Sure, everyone laughs when you turn over “the sex hand,” but they don’t understand that to you, it’s more than sex; it’s about love. You love the 96 of hearts, almost as much as you love shoving the nuts in the face of that attractive player that just sat down in seat six. Almost, but not quite.
Deuces never lose…es; that’s the saying, right? Well, that’s what you’ve heard, and that’s what you’re sticking to. Hey, if it rhymes, it has to be true – even if it doesn’t completely rhyme. You’re someone who likes an underdog, who likes to cheer for the person who’s got the lowest chance of winning. It’s a good job too, considering your choice of favourite hand – you can always cheer yourself on to pull off a shock win, no matter how unlikely!
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