What Is Combination In Poker?
Poker combinations refer to the number of different card combinations that make up a starting hand.
Hand commons are based on the fact that poker is played with a standard 52-card deck that consists of four different suits (spades, clubs, hearts, diamonds) and thirteen different card ranks (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, T, J, Q, K, A).
This means that there are:
- 4 combinations of each suited hand
- 6 combinations of each pocket pair
- 12 combinations of each unpaired offsuit hand
- 16 combinations of every unpaired hand
Knowing how many combinations there are of different poker hands is very important, as it allows players to make better-informed decisions.
Poker Combinations Example:
Let’s say that you are holding As Ad on a board of Ac Ks 2d, you make a ½ bet on the flop, and your opponent raises.
In this situation, because you have pocket rockets, you are blocking a lot of his value-raising range on the flop. He is less likely to have hands like A2, AK, AQ, and AJ, so there is a higher likelihood that your opponent is bluffing if he bets trying to represent a strong hand, so it would probably be best for you to slow play your hand.
Now let’s say that you are holding 2c 2s on a board of Ac Ks 2d, you make a ½ bet on the flop, and your opponent raises.
In this scenario, because you are not blocking a lot of his value-raising range on the flop, like the top pair and top two pairs, there is a higher likelihood that your opponent is value betting. In this case, you can raise back and expect to get more value than the previous example.