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One of the most important things to learn when starting to play poker is the poker hand ranking. Players need to be able to recognise a good hand when they are dealt it in order to have a chance of winning – and winning a lot!
Everyone knows the most famous poker hands like a Royal Flush and a Full house, however there are certain hands that even professional players underestimate.
These types of hands have high odds of winning and can be extremely profitable poker hands to play with.
Here are five of the most underestimated poker hands, the underdogs if you wish, with the best chance of winning.
Five Underestimated Poker Hands
Below are the poker hands with the highest probability of winning but which are nearly always underestimated.
Many of these underdogs are used as examples in some of Hollywood’s best casino movies as you will see below.
As with all small pairs most players are very uncertain about whether to play or not. Some are more inclined to play it, while others strictly advise against it.
Why is there a tendency to fold? Believe it or not the “Two Fat Ladies” promise quite considerable odds.
With 14.11% probability of this pocket pair winning, it is even rated higher than A/J or K/9.
Although no 8/8 hand can guarantee a win, you should certainly think about having the courage to play it more often.
Many players do not thing of the pair of J/9 as a significantly strong hand. However, with another suited card this hand has the same probability to win as an A/J.
Johnny Chan, used this underestimated poker hand to win the WSOP Main Event in 1988 against Erik Seidal.
The strength of the so-called “Jeannine” is due to the fact that there is the possibility to win with either a Flush or a Straight.
If you are dealt this hand it is a good idea to play it at least until the flop and you never know what might happen.
Watch Johnny Chan winning with the J/9 in the video below!
This hand should ring a bell with any film connoisseur. This underestimated yet famous hand is featured in the final scene of the film “Rounders” with Matt Damon.
At first glance, the 9/8 suit might look rather average or below average for poker beginners. However, if there is the possibility of a high card or pairs this hand begins to look profitably very fast.
Due to the chance of a flush and a straight the odds are at 12.36%, which is relatively high.
You have the same chance of winning with these cards as with AT, which may seem like the stronger hand at first glance.
While Le Chiffre seems to have established the win with an A/6, Daniel Craig steals the show with a 7/5 suited.
The reason? 7/5 have a 2% higher probability of winning than A/6. This is because the 7/5 have an advantage over the A/6 as it can win with the chance of a flush or a straight.
Again, this proves that sometimes the cards labelled the underdogs come out on top!
To check out the full list of the top casino movies of all time read our article here!
As already mentioned, small pairs are better than their reputation.
This was also proved during High Stakes Poker show where the Gus Hansen took on Daniel Negreanu.
Hansen with the 5/5 secured the largest pot that the program has ever seen.
The odds of winning this hand was 12.02% and can win against cards such as K/J and A/9.
Below is the final hand at the High Stakes Poker tournament – see the 5/5 in action!