Texas Hold'em Poker Odds for Aces Pre-Flop

Probably as much as any single other thing, we have to concern ourselves with probabilities that involve Aces. If we are holding a strong Holdem hand like a pair of Kings or Queens or similar starting hands with non-ace high cards, we usually don't want to see an ace flop.

Many players that are normally careful about playing only good hands will evaluate starting hands with an ace very liberally. For example, a player who would almost never play a K 6 off suit from an early position might look for excuses to play the hand if it had an Ace instead of a King. Players often hang on to aces even when they probably shouldn't.

These frequency charts can give you some insight into how often aces can impact certain parts of your game.

Pair of Aces

Pair of Aces

The odds against your being dealt a Pair of Aces are 220 to 1. In percentage terms, it is .45% for the pair and 99.55% against.

The next two charts show the probabilities of a pair of aces being dealt to various numbers of opponents.

Odds of being dealt pair of aces pre-flop Ace With Medium Offsuit

Single Ace

The odds against your being dealt at least one ace are approximately 6 to 1. In percentage terms, it is 14.8% for the ace(s) and 85.2% against.

The next two charts show the probabilities of at least one ace being dealt to various numbers of opponents.

Odds of being dealt one ace

Notice how difficult it is to get a pair of aces in the hole. Even with nine players at the table and no ace in your hand, only 41 (4.1%) of the 1000 hands dealt will have have a pair of aces.

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