What Is A Pocket Pair In Poker?

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Last Updated: December 19, 2023

What Is A Pocket Pair In Poker

In poker, the term pocket pair refers to a player being dealt two cards of the same rank.

The weakest pocket pair are pocket deuces, while the strongest pocket pair is pocket aces.

In general, pairs are considered quite strong hands because they have the potential to make a set.

The odds of getting a pocket pair in Texas Hold ’em are around 5.9%, making this poker hand combination relatively rare.

One of the reasons you should be happy to see a pocket pair is that even the weakest pair, like pocket deuces, is still a favorite to win against any unpaired starting hand pre-flop. This is especially important in poker MTTs when stacks are shallower, and there isn’t much post-flop play.

Poker Pocket Pair Example:

There are 13 possible pocket pair combinations:

  • 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99, TT, JJ, QQ, KK, AA

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