Position and what it means in poker

One of the first things to understand about poker, is that there is much more to the game than just the cards. There is something in poker called position and after you read this article, you will never look at the game the same way again. Position is something that makes the same exact cards have different values at different times. It affects how hands should be played and what you will want to do with specific hands. It is really a very simple concept once you learn about it. Position is just simply the place you are in at the table.

The position relative to the dealer button is what is being covered. The dealer button is the best position to have in the game. The player to the left of the dealer, which would be first to act will be in the worst position. From there, you could figure out what position is good and what is not so good. The closer you get to the dealer the better your position is. That is really all there is to it.

Why Position Matters

When you are in early position, you will be put in a tough spot. Having to act first during a hand can cause a lot of issues. Your opponent will have the edge, because they will have the opportunity to see what you do before they have to make any decisions. The other problem with being in early position, is the fact that you will have so many players behind you (especially in the beginning rounds of the hand). With all of those players behind you, it is hard to know what will happen. If you have a mediocre hand worth $5, you cannot call in early position. The odds of someone raising behind you are good. If you are not going to call a decent raise, then why even put in the $5?

Obviously it is the complete opposite when you are in good position. You can have a pretty good idea of where you stand when you are last to act. You will already know who folded, raised and just called. Either way, you are in great a position (literally). You can now play those mediocre hands because there is nobody behind you to worry about. Also, it has a lot of great benefits during the hand later on as well.

Just remember this simple rule. If you are in bad position, then be more selective with the cards you play. If you are in good position, you can get involved in more hands.

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