Position

What do poker players are talking about when they talk about « position »? In poker, your position is relative to the « button », a round disc that indicates who is dealing during a given hand and, more importantly (since we’re online and you don’t have to deal the cards yourself) the player who acts last during said hand. The button moves clockwise from hand to hand.

The best position is located "on the button", that is (when you are the dealer). As the button moves in the left, clockwise with every subsequent each hand, your situation worsens. Having the button one or two seats to your left is still good, while you become more and more vulnerable as the button moves around the table towards you from the right. The worst positions are those of the small and the big blind.

When are “on the button” or close it, you have the advantage of being the last (or one of the last) players to act during a round of betting. As a result, the other players are forced to reveal their intentions and bet first, giving providing you lots of precious information. This is true, whether it is during the first round of betting (where you will decide to play the hand or not) or during the subsequent rounds, where you will gauge your opponents’ real strength.

Now reverse the situation. When your position is just to the left of the blinds (before the flop) or left of the dealer (after the flop), you are “under the gun” and are forced to make the first decision, with no idea what your opponents are holding or what they will do. When acting from the blinds, you're forced to make your decision first whether it's before the flop, on the flop, turn or river...

Position is therefore a KEY concept that you will have to take into account during every hand that you play. Position is a CAPITAL concept that you'll have to take into account during every hand you play. If you're one of the first players to act, you'll have to carefully pick your starting hands and, only playing the very best starting combinations. If, on the other hand, you're on the button and no one entered the pot or has shown real strength, you can choose to be more relaxed and more aggressive or risky in your attitude. When playing in a late position, you can play hands that you wouldn't hesitate to toss when occupying an early position. Acting in first position. Late positions It allows you to take the upper hand against your opponents, and – why not – bluff them! Some experts have been quoted to say that having a good position is like playing with a third card up your sleeve...

Let's take a look at little an example with the staring hand as follows: with one specific hand : A-7.

With Ace-Seven, don't make the mistake of entering the pot when in an early. On the other hand, it would be a big mistake to fold this hand while on the button, especially when all the other players have folded. when every player folded before you. Heck,In this case, you have to raise with those kinds of hands! You are in the ideal position to "steal the blinds", robbing those two poor players who were forced to put money into the pot before the cards had been dealt. Of course, they could have a better starting hand than A-7, but statistics dictate that it this will not be the case most of the time. Even if one of the blinds calls you, you will still have the advantage to act last.

At this point there are two outcomes, either you will hit a good flop, or you won’t. In the case of the latter, you can still win by bluffing, since your opponent probably missed the flop too.

This is actually a very important thing to remember: most hands miss most flops!