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The value of Poker Position

Texas Hold’em is all about gamblers and position. All knowledgeable Hold’em enthusiasts agree that seating in no limit Texas Holdem is critically important. Playing your hole cards in last spot will be much more profitable than in starting poker position. This is because a whole lot more information is amassed before acting.

For example, I was playing a $1-$2 no limit money game at a local casino. I bumbled in holding 2, 9 unsuited on the croupier button, so I could see some action. Flop came down A-A-4. A person in early spot placed a fifteen dollar wager. 2 players drop out and it was my turn. I really should have folded, but something felt a tiny bit odd. I ID’d this guy as a weak-tight person, and typically if he held the biggest hand he would simply check, so I called.

The turn showed with a 7, meaning it was a A-A-4-7. My opponent placed a further bet of $20. I debated a little bit, but decided to re-raise an additional $30thirty dollars on top of his $20. He folds and I take the chips.

Playing last position provides you an insight into where you are positioned by seeing how other entrants carry oneself and bet. On the flip side, people at starting position could use their poker spot to check-raise the late seated aggressors and corner them later at the end. In Holdem, each spots, late and starting must be played cautiously.

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