Winning at Texas Hold’em – The Importance of Position

Poker is a game where players make decisions (bet, call, raise, re-raise, or fold) based on limited information. You never know for sure what the other players are holding, but the more information you can gather, the better and more profitable your decisions will be.

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In Texas Hold’em (except for the first round of betting) the dealer always bets last. But the same thing is true in draw poker 먹튀폴리스. So why is position more important in Hold’em than draw poker? There are four rounds of betting in Hold’em and only two rounds of betting in draw poker, so the advantages of betting later are magnified in Hold’em. Betting last has the obvious advantage of knowing what the other players have decided to do. 

Let’s look at early position, before the flop, in Hold’em. If you bet (call or raise), there are players who will act after you who can call, or raise, or even reraise. You take a lot of risk when you bet in early position. Furthermore, some hands (straight or flush possibilities, for example) are only worth playing if there is a lot of action. You’re not likely to make these hands so you want a big payoff if you do. Since you are betting early, you have no information about how many others will play or what they will do. Therefore, in early position you must only stay in with the best of hands. (See my article on this site: Winning Texas Hold’em Strategy – Playing the First Two Cards.)

After the flop if you are in last position (dealer) with a fair hand, you are sure there will be no bets behind you. Contrast this with a player in middle position who has no idea what other players will do after he acts. Assume you have a monster hand. Your advantage in going last is even greater. In early position with that monster hand you could try to check-raise. Of course if that fails and no one bets, you’ve just given your opponents a “free” card and lost an opportunity to get bets into the pot. In middle position it still isn’t clear how to play the hand. You could come out betting or try “sandbagging.” If someone bets in front of you, you may drive all the players out if you raise. Being last you’ll always have the chance to bet even if you don’t get the chance to raise.

Being last is even important if there are only two players. Again assume you have a monster hand and you act last. If your opponent bets, you can raise. If he doesn’t bet, you can bet. If you had to bet first, you could try a check-raise and if it failed you lose the value of a bet.

There are certain hands where it is good to be in early position, for example if you want to bet to chase players out. Since there are only a limited number of advantages to acting early, the principle stands that the vast majority of the time it’s better to sit in a late position than an early one.

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