Originally Posted by Poker Orifice
OP, do yourself a favour & disregard this member's comment.
Hold'em, there are 169 different possible starting hands you can be dealt (this is ignoring specific suits). Choosing the right starting hand is half the battle in poker. If you enter the game with the right cards, you will not only avoid difficult situations in the later betting rounds, you can also be reasonably sure that you are indeed holding the best hand. That is about real life poker, and that's exactly what this topic is all about.
There are 1,326 distinct starting hand combinations in Texas Holdem. This number includes duplicates like Ace of Clubs, Jack of Clubs and Ace of Spades Jack of Spades.
Keep in mind that this is a very general guideline and there are other starting hand categories that are for more advanced play.
Let's put that number into perspective. At a No Limit Hold'em online table, dealing about 50-60 hands per hour, it would take a player approximately 23-24 hours to play each and every hand.
So, basics are; In online poker, you will quickly learn something - you have much more playable hands... just as your opponents. And when you are strong hand, you are not the only one on the table.... And next thing that you have to notice immediately, it is also very simple - ... 3 of kind, straight, flush, full house, poker and even Royals (there is topic here - one player hit 3 royals in a one week) are classic usual situations in online.