Position in Poker or Texas Holdem is the order players are seated around the poker table. “Early position” refers to who acts first, players who act later are in “Late position” and players in between are in ” Middle position” Different strategies come into play when a player “has position” on an opponent because in most circumstances he had the advantage. The player acting before him is “out of position” to opponents acting after him. The game of poker is played in clockwise order, which means a player “has position” on opponents seated to their right.
Because Texas Hold Em is a game and gambling it is hard to sometimes play without emotion or impulse, at times it is easy to forget the basics. Pre-Flop Small and Big Blind will be the last to act since they are the first to act for the remainder of the hand. The principles and basics of position are simple, play more hands when you have position over your opponents than hands where you do not. Avoid playing in Small Blind, Big Blind, or in an early position too frequently. Unless you are holding a premium hand, being one of the first to act can make things very difficult. Don’t feel committed to pots because you have been already bought in as a blind or early position player. A very common mistake is being bated into a bigger pot with a very weak hand simply because you have already paid. Cut your losses you’re already in a bad position for the rest of the hand likely having a weaker hand and out of position for the remainder of the game. Choosing which hands to play and which hands to fold is fundamental to playing a winning poker game. Position can often play a bigger role than hand strength if you are able to pick up tells on opponents or sense they have weak hands.
These particular combinations can be played from almost any position:
Big pocket pairs: AA-TT
Big suited connectors: AK, AQ, AJ, KQ
Big connectors: AK, AQ, AJ, KQ
these hands have the best chances of winning
Generally speaking, if you play tight and stick to these hands you will find yourself in better situations. Other combinations of cards can of course be played successfully. However, as a beginner, it is recommended to stick with these until you get a better grasp of the game.
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