The best texas holdem starting hands are without a doubt pocket pairs. Most are winning poker hands even if they don't improve. And since these hands are already strong any improvement turns them into powerful hands, even the small pairs. Besides having strength, they are especially good for beginners. Keeping it simple is important for new players and the strategy for pocket pairs is pretty cut and dry.
Hands like AK and AQ are also strong, but quite a bit more difficult to play correctly. They are a good place to start though for a beginner learning how to play non paired starting hands.
Specific Starting Hand Guide
with 7- 10 Players at the Table
with 4- 6 Players at the Table
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