When you first start learning poker, one of the first things you’ll hear is that the position is crucial.
New players frequently have a completely erroneous perception of poker table positions, even believing that they are “in position” when they act first. This may seem absurd to a seasoned poker player or someone who understands the game’s fundamentals, but no one knows this when they’re just getting started.
It is necessary to comprehend the various poker playing positions. In flop games like Texas Hold’em and Omaha, you must maximise the strength of your hand and accept the fact that the odds are stacked against you.
4 Different Table Positions in Poker Game
- The Blinds: Small Blind and Big Blind.
- Early Position: Early position (EP) refers to players who must post the small blind (SB) and large blind (BB), as well as the player to the big blind’s left.
- Middle Position: The following couple or three seats at the table, leading up to the last two or three seats, culminating with the button, are referred to as “middle position” (MP).
- Late Position: The button (the latest position), the cutoff, and the hijack seat are all “late position” (LP) seats.
Poker Table Position Names
Every position in a traditional 6- or 9-handed game is given a name.
For 6-max, there are:
- Under the Gun: Before the flop, the first player to act is seated immediately to the left of the big blind.
- Hijack: The player seated to the UTG’s left. Hijack is also known as MP in some cases (middle position).
- Cutoff: To the left of the Hijack and to the right of the Button is the player who is seated.
- Button: To the right of the Cutoff and to the left of the Small Blind is the player.
- Small Blind: Before the flop, the player who placed the small blind sits to the left of the BTN.
- Big Blind: This player is the last to act preflop and sits to the left of the small blind.
For the full ring (9 players), there are more positions:
- Under the Gun (UTG).
- Middle Position 1 ( LoJack ).
- Middle Position 2 ( Hijack ).
- Middle Position 3 ( Cutoff ).
- Small Blind..
- Big Blind.
Poker Table Position Strategy
Postflop is where you can use a positional advantage to maximize profits to a much greater extent.
- Knowing that you’ll make most of your money versus poor players, try to sit on their immediate left. This will ensure that you have a positional advantage over them for many hands, both preflop and post flop.
- If you’re the last player to move with a hand like second or bottom pair, you might try calling a single continuation bet and re-evaluating on the turn. You can utilise this knowledge to make a safe fold if you see a bet followed by two callers from tight players. Being the first to act after a bet puts you in an awkward position of having to estimate what the other players will do. It’s exceedingly unlikely that you have the best hand if you call with a poor pair and two other players also call.
- When holding a draw, it’s crucial to understand how table position influences strategy. When you are out of position, draws are less profitable, and you should consider this when utilising pot odds and implied odds, as you may be forced to fold before seeing the remaining cards.
- At a poker table, money tends to flow in a clockwise direction. As a result, it’s always a good idea to sit the biggest fish on your immediate right in a poker game. You’ll be able to isolate them more easily, play more pots with them, and you’ll quickly become the game’s greatest winner since they’re the worst loser.
- Being in late position (or, at the very least, ahead of your opponents) allows you to observe how the other players will act first. As a result, you have more control over the size of the pot you want.
- Knowing how other players respond (in terms of action and bet sizing) before it’s your turn to act provides you a huge advantage in terms of how much and how frequently you can win at poker.
- In late position and/or when you’ll have post-flop position on other players, play a broader choice of hands.
Study each situation you are in during games and make a note of success or otherwise. By understanding the risks and benefits of each you will be in a far stronger position to take those much-desired pots.