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Advanced Open-raising (Full Ring)


In this article
  • Your exact position at the table
  • Which hands can be played profitably from which positions
  • When you should play tighter and when you should play looser
  • How high your pre-flop raises should be and why

The Starting Hands Chart from the Bronze Section got you off to a good start in pre-flop play. The chart is simple and all you need to get started. Once you start working your way up the limits, however, you will have to start working on advancing your pre-flop game.

This article will show you how to hone your starting hand selection at full-ring tables.

You will learn to differentiate between each individual position instead of just between position groups and how to best categorize your starting hand.

You will also receive a detailed Starting Hands Chart. This chart will be your guide as you start developing your pre-flop game beyond a beginner's level.


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Comments (16)

#1 arisko, 27 Dec 09 14:36

Nice one! Helps us understand why we raise certain amounts :) And, we like charts :D

#2 Koshburger, 16 Jan 10 07:24


#3 Chardin112, 22 Feb 10 10:30

Charts are good

#4 emanuel86, 20 Mar 10 14:27

helpfull article.

#5 usun, 02 May 10 03:05

thanks a lot, very helpful

#6 katapokero13, 24 May 10 15:24

Is it just me or is the big blind missing from the charts?

#7 blackops888, 17 Jun 10 18:37

Well katapokero13... if you are on the blind and no one has raised before you, either you'll collect your blind along with the small blind or you'll have the SB limping before you. In both situations the decisions are quite easy to make, so you can use the SB table if necessary.

#8 z1pz0r, 29 Jun 10 00:33

"There are, of course, reasons to make looser raises at a table. For instance, if there are many super-tight players after you, or if there are already a couple of limpers before you."
Someone please help me with second part.
If there are already a couple of limpers before me, why would I use maximal table? You spend a lot of money, get called and with such hand, you usually have to give up after failed cont. bet.

#9 Tim64, 12 Sep 10 11:21

@#8 I think it's because there is more dead money in the pot that we can win with a raise (i.e. no longer just the blinds). Of course, if such players never fold to cbet, it maybe different. But in general you should be putting pressure on the limpers and making them face difficult decisions.

#10 mattbaillon, 18 Sep 10 15:59

charts help but you cant follow then 100%, you need to make decisions based on the players also

#11 MikeAK47, 24 Oct 10 15:21


I think you should raise a little wider than you would from the SB against the BB when the SB limps because you'll be in position after the hand, all depends on player types of course and if he's trying to trap you or not.

#12 dany2391, 19 Jan 11 06:27

What about when someone calls before the flop?Isn't it a chart for that situation or should I stick with the chart from the bronze articles?

#13 36bullets, 28 May 11 14:45

good stuff!

#14 Elroch, 13 Jun 11 09:43

I am puzzled why, in the standard chart the small blind is tighter than the cutoff for unsuited aces, but much looser for suited aces. If anything, shouldn't suited aces play better against multiple opponents?

Is there some other reason for playing {A9o+, A7s+, ...} in the cutoff and {ATo+, A2s+, ...} in the small blind?

#15 luckyme44, 09 Sep 12 03:49

I believe position has a lot to do with the CO and SB Ax raising differential. Just a Chart but I'm sure there is good method to there madness. Go with your read overall.. Ask yourself.. Is door A (Fold), B (call), or C (Raise) the most +EV Play in this Particular hand/spot. "Feel out" the fold equity.. If you don't see much then consider check/folding.

#16 hotelmar, 22 Jan 14 02:23

I'm just wondering why some of the Tx hands are missing. For example, there seems to be a gap between JTs and 98s. Is T9s missing on purpose or just an oversight? I may just be reading the chart wrong