Position is one of the most common terms used in poker and many new
players have a complete misunderstanding of what this is. Simply put,
position is where you sit in relation to the dealer’s button. Using
position as a strategy to play poker allows you to pick up some hints
while playing in hand. Since the deal always goes clockwise if you are
in late position you will have the opportunity to see how the other
players at the table react to their hands. If it is a live game this
obviously means you will be able to pick up on subtle tells. While playing
online poker you won’t have the advantage of tells but you will have
the advantage of how a player bets to determine the strength of their
Each position at the table has its strengths and
of course obvious weaknesses. The player seated to
the left of the big blind is the absolute worst position
at the table since they will be forced to act first
without knowing how the other players at the table
will react to their hands. This is why the consensus
of starting hands is always play the top cards in
this position or fold. Whereas the button is the best
position since you will have seen how each player
acts and can play accordingly.
This of course is dependent on the format of the game
and stakes. In a limit Holdem game players are less
likely to use position due to the actual odds of calling
bets where as a no limit game it’s absolutely critical
especially in tournament format.
A player who is in early position with a semi decent
hand of QT would normally fold. The reason behind
this is because if that player decides to play the
hand they will need to at least put their blinds in.
Now without seeing how other players act, that player
puts them self at risk of not only calling one big
blind but being raised out of the pot or seeing a
raise that makes them self almost committed to calling
the bet. In most cases, not always but most, the raiser
has a better hand than you so unless you hit the flop
you are ultimately wasting your chips.
The late position player however has a greater amount
of leniency in the hands they will be able to play.
If a player in late position was dealt QT and the
pot was raised before them they would know that their
hand is more likely to be beat and can fold based
on the other players decisions to that raise. While
on the opposite side if there was no raise than it
could be assumed that the other players at the table
have less than optimal hands allowing LP to bet his
hand and maybe scare people off the pot.
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Playing position is critical to allow you to win
more pots as well as save you money over the long
run by giving you the information you need to make