How many types of poker hands exist?

Poker is a popular game, but this popularity depends of many factors as the nature of the opponent’s play, or the pot odds. But, the most important factor is the type of hand the player is dealt.

Therefore, it’s convenient to classify poker hand into four types: lock hands, strong hands, marginal hands and weak hands, each having different strategies of playing.

1. Lock hands in poker

The lock hands in poker is a hand that cannot be beaten. You’re almost the winner. In poker game, a “lock” occurs when you hold the absolute nuts and can not be beaten in a hand. It’s important to note that a “lock” occurs when there is 0% chance of you losing the hand. Besides being used to describe a poker hands, the term “locked” is also used to describe an open seat in a poker game which is unavailable, because it has been reserved by the dealer or floorman for a specific player.

2. Who has the strong hands?

Playing strong hand means you have potential of becoming the winner of the game. For example, a dealt ace and king is a strong hand before the flop is opened. If you consider your hand, a strong one, you need to play aggressively and force players out before the community cards are opened. 

3. Marginal hands, the difficult ones

In poker, the marginal hands are considered the most difficult to play. A starting pair of jacks is a marginal hand because there is a possibility of getting a full house or four of a kind but a remote one. You should enter with marginal hands only if the cost is low. The marginal hands don’t figure to win without improvement, but with the right improvement, they have lots of potential to become strong hands and win.

4. And the last ones, the weak hands

With little hope of winning, the weak hands should be avoided as much as possible. If you keep on betting on weak hands you will find yourself in a position where you have a strong hand but an insufficient bankroll.