# Poker Starting Hand Win Percentages

See the likelihood of winning for all poker starting hands against two to nine players based on mathematical simulations. Adapt the right strategy.

Poker starting hand percentages allow you to see the hypothetical and theoretical strength of your hole cards against two to nine players. These win percentages are for Texas Hold’Em poker only; other variants have their own percentages.

There are 167 different hole cards you can be dealt in Texas Hold’em. One common way of ranking them is to look at how they do against random cards. That way, we can create your own preflop calling ranges.

Here we’ve created tables that show every possible hand’s average win percentage against one-to-nine opponents holding random cards if all five community cards are seen. Use these tables to improve on your preflop strategy and overall poker gameplay.

## Average Win Percentages With Pocket Pairs

Pocket pairs are the best hole-cards to be dealt in Texas Hold’em, and the majority of your profit likely comes from them.

As we can see from the table, you’re the statistical favorite to win with any pocket pair against any number of opponents holding random cards – except for pocket 3’s and pocket 2’s.

The ‘Equal Share’ row shows what a random hand can expect to win against that many opponents playing random hands – in other words, it’s 1 divided by the number of players in the pot.

Note that these are winning percentages and not equity percentages. The difference is that equity percentages include split pots, whereas win percentages include only outright wins – that’s why win percentages are a few percentage points (pp) smaller than equity percentages.

We use “percentage point” difference here – and not percentage difference – because we are looking at the arithmetic difference between two percentages. For example, the pp difference between 10% and 11% is 1pp, while the percentage difference is 10%.

For comparison, here are the equity percentages for all the pocket pairs:

## Average Win Percentages With Ace-High Hands

Ace-High hands are the next best thing after pocket pairs – at least when seeing all five cards against random hands. You can see that even A2 does better than pocket 2’s and 3’s.

As before, these are winning percentages and not equity. Equity will be slightly higher as it includes split pots.

For Ace-King we show the win percentages for suited and unsuited as well as the average of both. For the rest we show the average of both. Note that this is a weighted average, because there are many more offsuit combinations (12) than suited combinations (4).

Suitedness does confer an advantage, but its impact is greater in multiway pots than heads-up. You can see that the average advantage having a suited AK as opposed to having unsuited AK goes from 1.7 percentage points (pp) against one opponent to 3.5pp against 8.

Generally speaking, the suitedness advantage is greater for weaker starting hands. A2s wins 55.5% of the time against one opponent, compared to 53.0% for A2o – a difference of 2.5pp. In a 9-way hand, A2s wins 13.5% of the time, compared to 9.1% for A2o – giving a suitedness advantage of 4.4pp.

A rough rule of thumb is that suitedness gives an equity advantage of around 3pp but as you can see this is an average. The weaker your starting hand – and the more opponents you’re up against – the more suitedness tends to matter. This isn’t absolute though – see the section on Three-High hands.

One unique thing about Ace-high hands is the fact A5 is a better hand than A6 (except heads-up). This is because A5 can make a straight while A6 cannot.

## Average Win Percentages With King-High Hands

Here is a table of King-High starting hands winning percentages against 1-8 opponents holding random hands.

Apart from KQ, all the entries are weighted averages of suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The impact of suitedness varies, but as a rough rule of thumb it gives around 3pp advantage.

## Average Win Percentages with Queen-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Queen-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3pp additional equity over unsuited.

## Average Win Percentages With Jack-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Jack-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3pp additional equity over unsuited.

## Average Win Percentages With Ten-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Ten-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3pp additional equity over unsuited.

## Average Win Percentages With 9-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Nine-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3pp additional equity over unsuited.

98s is the first suited connector we’ve seen that does worse than average heads-up – but you can see it still beats the random hands in multiway pots.

## Average Win Percentages With 8-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Eight-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3pp additional equity over unsuited.

## Average Win Percentages With 7-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Seven-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3pp additional equity over unsuited.

We’ve included 72o here as it is the infamous “Worst Hand in Poker”. This is only true multi-way and not heads-up. That ‘honor’ is taken by 32o.

## Average Win Percentages With 6-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Six-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3pp additional equity over unsuited.

## Average Win Percentages With 5-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Five-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3 percentage points additional equity over unsuited.

## Average Win Percentages With 4-High Hands

Here is a table of all the possible Four-high starting hands’ winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures are the weighted average for suited and unsuited versions of the hand. The effect of suitedness varies, but roughly gives about 3pp additional equity over unsuited.

Notice that 43s is the first suited connector that is not favorite against any number of opponents.

## Average Win Percentages With 3-High Hands

Here is a table of the one possible Three-high starting hand’s winning percentages against random hands. Bear in mind that equity percentages will be slightly higher as they include split pots while winning percentages do not.

Interestingly, the effect of suitedness peaks in a four-way pot, at 4.3 percentage points. Heads-up and nine-way, suitedness confers a 3.8pp advantage.

All 167 possible starting hands’ winning percentages versus one to eight opponents. Just remember these are against random hands – so they are a useful starting point, but in practice, there are many more considerations when thinking about hand strength (e.g., reading opponents, position, playing style).