Position, when used in a game of poker, refers to where a player is seated in relation to the dealer, which determines the turn order for each hand. Knowing when your turn comes up in relation to the other players at the table can give you a big advantage when it comes time to make a decision. We can’t stress enough how important it is for players to ne conscious of and take advantage of their position in a poker game! This is especially true in Texas Hold’em poker.
The most important decision you make based on position is with your starting hand. If you follow this advice and make a good decision based on your starting hand, you’ll be off to a great start for the rest of the game.
There are three categories of position in Texas Hold’em poker: early, middle, and late. Early position means you play first, second, or even third. Early position is the weakest one to be in, because you don’t have the luxury of seeing how other players act before you make your own decision about what to do. For this reason, when you’re in early position you need to play tight and fold if you don’t have great cards. Raise only when you have a winning combination, such as two aces, two kings, or even an ace and a king if they’re of the same suit. Go ahead and call if you’re holding two high cards of the same suit, or a high pair. If you have something else, it’s safest to fold rather than call in order to see the flop, but if the blind is small enough, it’s up to you if you think it’s worth it.
If you find yourself in the middle position, meaning you play fourth, fifth, or sixth, you don’t have to play quite so tight. Call or raise if you’re holding any of the above mentioned hands, or call if you’re holding a pair of nines or eights or other strong hand.
If you’re in the late position, definitely call if you’re holding an ace or a pair. If there was a raise before your turn, however, it pays to be a little more conservative and fold if your hand isn’t very strong.