Importance of position strategy in poker

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In Texas Holdem poker that player stands to benefit the most that has a game plan to use his playing position to the maximum advantage. A fair understanding in the position can help strategize accordingly. Before getting into position based strategy one has to have a general strategy in place in order to maximize the chances of winning. The advent of online poker has driven up the number of players and one has to develop a strategy to win the games.

Here are a few tips that can help change the outlook towards the game

Understand the basics

The first thing one need to know is determining the dealer or dealers’ button on the table. The position of other players is determined with respect to the dealer button. The dealer button acts as a reference point in Texas Holdem poker. The players’ position is calculated by moving in clockwise direction around this button.

The demarcations

The Texas Holdem poker has a group of 10 players and these ten players are further divided into the three groups. These three groups or positions are called early, middle and late.

The Early position

It is not the best position to be placed in but nevertheless one can always gain something out of it. Use this position to play the strong hands only as the other players would be following your moves. The reason one should begin with early strong hand is to survive the raises.

The Middle

The next three players after the early position form the middle. It is a good postion to be as it can be used to study the players’ actions and strategies in early position. It has its own caveat though as the late position player tend to study the middle position players, so one must be careful in playing their hands.

The Late

This is one of the best positions to be in the poker table. It is formed by the remaining three seats and offers far better chances of winning than the previous two places. All one has to do is hold off a raise on strong hands and the advantage of bluffing form this position is unprecedented.

These tips about position can only serve their purpose if one has a proper general strategy in place.

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Carla Betty, the author of this article is a expert poker player and has participated in many championships. She is mostly interested in poker strategies and loves to write about them from her experience and different sources.

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This article was published on 2013/05/27