THINK WHERE YOU’RE SITTING AT THE TABLE DOESN’T MATTER?
WELL YOU’D BETTER THINK AGAIN, BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES.
YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE COMPARED TO THE POSITION OF THE DEALER BUTTON SHOULD BE ONE OF THE KEY FACTORS WHEN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT THE CARDS IN FRONT OF YOU ARE WORTH PLAYING OR SHOULD BE THROWN INTO THE MUCK.
When we’re talking about position at a Texas Hold’em table we’re talking early position, middle position and late position.
If you don’t know what those signify, here’s a quick tutorial.
The example we’re using is for a 10-player table, but it isn’t hard to adjust those examples to any table at which you’re playing.
No matter what the table size, it is still divided into early position, middle position and late position.
When you’re dealing with a 10-player Pre-flop the early positions start after the big blind.
That means early positions begins with the player “under the gun” which Is to the left of the big blind, and the two players to their left.
The players in middle position are the three players directly to the left of the early position players.
That leave the late position players as the player to the right of the button and the player on the button.
That leaves out the blinds, but we’ll get to them a little later.
The best position to be in is, of course, late position.
The be position of all is on the button.
That’s because you get to see all the other players actions before making your own decision as to what to do.
In poker, the more information you have the better off you will be in making a betting decision.
The later the position, the weaker the hands you are open to play because you’ll always be one of the last players to act at every level of the hand.
The opposite is true of early position.
If you’re in an early position you know very little about your opponent and the band they might have.
This makes you vulnerable to raises if you simply call or make a minimum bet.
If your cards aren’t good enough to call the raise, you have essentially given away a bet.
Because of this you should only play premium hands in an early position.
In a later position the number of hands you can play Pre-flop increases, because there is less of a chance another player will raise behind you.
You also have more information as to whether or not your hand is worth playing.
Position should also be considered when bluffing or trying to steal the blinds.
If you’re thinking about bluffing, it is usually more successful from a later position.
Why? To make a successful bluff you need to know that your opponents do not have a good enough hand to call you.
If you throw in a huge bet as a bluff from an early position, how do you know another player isn’t sitting ahead of you with a monster, ready to call you or even raise?
By bluffing from later positions you can limit yourself from having your bluff cracked by someone sitting behind you with the nuts.
Finally, let’s go back to the blind positions.
Pre-flop, these positions are advantageous because you get to see all the action before making a move.
But for the rest of the hand you have to make all your decisions blind to your opponents actions.
When deciding on what to do with your hand from a blind position, make sure you take into account your future disadvantaged position.