**In Texas Hold’em with 9 players, small pairs (22-66) have win rates of 30%-40%, and suited connectors (5♠ 6♠, 7♥ 8♥) have 20%-25%. **

### Starting with pocket pairs at a 9-player table:

**AA, KK, and QQ**: These are **premium hands** with a win rate close to 70%. Regardless of your position at the table, treat these hands as super strong.

**JJ, TT, 99**: These medium pairs have a win rate around 50%, slightly above JD + JJ. They can be played in mid to late positions but be cautious with large bets.

**88, 77, 66**, and so on: Pairs below these have a declining win rate. Best played in late positions or if you can see a cheap flop. Look for opportunities to hit a set on the flop.

Next are suited connectors:

**10♠ J♠, 9♥ 10♥**: Any hand with straight or flush potential is good here, with about a 40% win rate. Can be played in late positions or with multiple callers for good pot odds.

**7♦ 8♦**: Another common hand that performs well in multi-way pots because when these hands hit, they can create large pots.

Big suited Aces:

**A♠ K♠, A♣ Q♣, A♦ J♦**: Win rate of 45%-55%; solid hands in any position. If the flop pairs or you have a flush draw, these are big winners.

**A 10 suited, A9**: Slightly weaker but still acceptable in mid to late positions.

Big offsuit cards:

**A♠ K♦, K♣ Q♥** — Win rate of 50%-60% (aggressively bet from any position)

**Q♦ J♠, J♣ 10♥**: Play these hands between late and average positions, with a win rate around 45%.

First, let’s look at some real historical examples. Despite bad luck, pocket **AA** achieved a 77% overall win rate for the first time at a full table in the **2019 WSOP**.

In a high-stakes game in 2017, **Tom Dwan** won another huge pot with the same hand 8♠9♠. **Suited connectors** are more valuable in these multi-way pots, even though their expected win rate is about 30% (or any other possible number), they occur less frequently.

Professional player **Daniel Negreanu**’s famous poker quote stands out: “Poker, ultimately, isn’t about what you get dealt, but how you play your cards.”

### Win rates of weaker poker hands

Starting with small pairs:

**22, 33, and 44**: These small pairs win about one-third to two-fifths of the time (mainly applicable to a full table with nine players). There is about an 11.8% chance of hitting a set on the flop.

For low suited connectors:

**5♠ 6♠, 4♥ 5♥**: These hands have similar win rates, possibly slightly higher, around a quarter of the time. You have a 4.6% chance of hitting a straight by the river and about a 6.5% chance of hitting a flush!

**6♦ 7♦, 7♣ 8♣**: Win rate is slightly over a quarter, but the chances of hitting a straight and flush are about half to three-quarters as good.

Low unsuited connectors:

**5♠ 6♦, 4♥ 5♣**: These hands win in several parts, about three-quarters of the time. You have a 4.6% chance of hitting a straight by the river, but no flush potential, making these hands very difficult to play.

**6♦ 7♠**, hand range: (188): Win rate is between 20%-25%.

For low one-gap suited connectors:

**6♠ 8♥, 5♦ 7♥** ~ These hands win about 20-25% of the time. The flush probability remains at 6.5%, and the straight probability by the river is about 3.2%.

**7♦ 9♦, 8♣ 10♣**: Slightly higher win rate, around ~25% to/~30%. (Reason: better straight possibilities)

Considering low suited Aces:

**A♠ 2♠, A♥ 3♥** – These hands win about ~30-35%. The probability of hitting a flush by the river is 6.5%, and the probability of hitting two pairs or a set is about 26.9%.

**A♦ 4♦, A♣ 5♣**: Similar win rates around 30%-35%, with the same probabilities for hitting a flush and better hands.

Historical context:

**Phil Hellmuth** demonstrated the power of low suited connectors in the **2020 WSOP**. Most notably, Hellmuth played 5♠6♠ almost perfectly, eventually winning a large pot… initially, its win rate was only about 20%.

### Betting strategies for specific hands in multi-player poker

**Pocket pairs**

For **AA, KK, and QQ**: Pre-flop: Always raise. In $1/$2 blinds, a typical raise amount might be $10-$12. Post-flop: Continue betting if the board doesn’t show straight or flush potential. Bet about 75% of the pot size ($15 in a $20 pot).

**JJ-TT-99**: Pre-flop – Raise $8-$10 in a $1/$2 game. Post-flop: Be cautious if high cards appear. If the flop is low, bet 50%-70% of the pot ($10-$14 in a $20 pot).

**22-88**: Pre-flop – Call or raise small ($6-$8) if possible; if the table is passive and you are in late position. Post-flop: Bet or call only if you hit a set. If not, check or fold.

**Suited connectors**

**10♠ J♠, 9♥ 10♥**: Pre-flop, raise or call depending on position and table dynamics. The raise amount might be $8-$10. Post-flop: If you pair or have a draw, bet 60%-70% of the pot ($12-$14 in a $20 pot).

**6♦ 7♦ (suited connectors), 7♣ 8♣**: Pre-flop – Call or raise small ($6-$8). If you have a strong draw or pair, bet or raise (50-60% of the pot – $10-$12 in a $20 pot).

**Big suited Aces**

**A♠ K♠, A♣ Q♣**: Raise aggressively pre-flop, typically $10-$12. Post-flop: If you pair or have a draw, bet or raise $15 (75% of the $20 pot).

**A♦ J♦, A♥ 10♥**: Pre-flop raise $8-$10. Post-flop: Bet or call if you pair or have a strong draw, around 60-70% of the pot ($12-$14 in a $20 pot). These hands can beat all straights but are slightly weaker compared to AK or AQ.

**Small suited Aces**

**A♠ 2♠, A♥ 3♥**: Pre-flop: Call or raise small ($6-$8). Post-flop: Bet or raise if you have a draw or two pairs, 50%-60% of the pot ($10-$12 in a $20 pot).

**A♦ 4♦, A♣ 5♣**: Same strategy pre-flop, call or raise small ($6-$8). Post-flop: Bet or call if you have a draw or two pairs, 50%-60% of the pot ($10-$12 in a $20 pot).

**Low unsuited connectors**

Pre-flop: Call or raise small ($6-$8). **5♠ 6♦, 4♥ 5♣** post-flop: Bet or raise if you have a strong draw, 50-60% of the pot ($10-$12 in a $20 pot).

**6♦ 7♠, 7♥ 8♦**: Pre-flop: Same play; call or raise small ($6-$8). Post-flop: Bet if you have a draw or pair, around half to three-quarters of the pot ($10-$12 in a $20 pot).