Pocket Pairs Odds Chart

Pocket pairs are a favorite type of hand for many players. Pocket pairs from 22 right up to AA can be played profitably with the right strategy, even if hands like AA and KK are a lot more exciting to play. Use the pocket pairs table below to find out the odds of being dealt different ranges of pocket pairs during a game of Texas Holdem.

Pocket pair chart.

Pair Percentage Odds Ratio Odds
AA 0.5% 220 to 1
KK+ 0.9% 110 to 1
QQ+ 1.4% 73 to 1
JJ+ 1.8% 54 to 1
TT+ 2.3% 43 to 1
99+ 2.7% 36 to 1
88+ 3.2% 31 to 1
77+ 3.6% 27 to 1
66+ 4.1% 24 to 1
55+ 4.5% 21 to 1
44+ 5.0% 19 to 1
33+ 5.4% 17 to 1
22+ 5.9% 16 to 1
  • Odds or receiving any pocket pair: 5.9% or 16 to 1.
  • Odds of receiving a specific pocket pair: 0.45% or 220 to 1.

How to use the pocket pairs odds chart.

The first column on the pocket pairs odds chart identifies the range of pocket pairs that you could be dealt. The "+" after each pocket pair simply means that pocket pair or better. So JJ+ includes the odds of receiving any of the hands JJ, QQ, KK and AA.

The other two columns simply tell you both the percentage odds and ratio odds of being dealt a pocket pair. The percentage odds have been rounded to 1 decimal place, and the ratio odds have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

Pocket pairs odds.

As you can see from the odds chart, the chances of being dealt a high pocket pair are quite low when compared to the chances of being dealt any pocket pair in general.

The likelihood of receiving any pocket pair would be the same as receiving 22 or higher, and the likelihood of receiving a specific pocket pair (e.g. Tens or Kings) would be the same as the figures shown in the AA column. The odds of being dealt 22 are exactly the same as the odds of being dealt AA.

Another pocket pair odds chart/shortcut you may find useful is the Gordon Pair Principle. This helps you to find the percentage probability that any player acting after you holds a higher pocket pair than you.

How to play pocket pairs.

Pocket pairs in Texas Hold'em are very useful cards. They have the ability to take down big pots after making a set or by being the unsuspected overpair. Some of the biggest pots are created due to a pocket pair's 'hidden' attribute in a Hold'em game.

Big pocket pairs are pretty easy to play, but be sure not to slowplay them as they are far from being invincible. Take a look at the articles on how to play Aces, Kings and Queens for more information on how to play the big pocket pairs.

A big mistake that many amateur players make is slowplaying a big pair like Aces or Kings. They are only one pair after all, and they can be easily beat if you give your opponents too much opportunity to catch up.

Small pocket pairs can be tricky if you do not know what you are doing with them. However, with good strategy they can become some of the most profitable hands that you play. Read up on small pocket pair strategy for a useful guide to playing these hands.

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