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Poker Positions
In poker, positions revolve at each hand. Certain positions provide players with unique opportunities to get the most out of their bets while others can put a person at a disadvantage.

In this article, we will cover the most common poker positions. Understanding each of them can help you make a decisive strategy.

Early position

As the name implies, players in these positions go first before the rest of the participants around the table. Strategically speaking, anyone in these positions is at a disadvantage since they are the first people to check, call, or raise.

Three positions under this category should be treated with caution if you are in one of them.

Small Blind

Participants in the small blind position will have a position on two players since they will be the third to act. Half of the blind are required payments for anyone in this position.

Being the third player to act and having to post only half of the blinds can still give you some wiggle room to pull off some strategy. One of the most important options is to fold a trash hole since you are only paying the small blind. Another is to steal the big blind bet if that player consistently folds and your hole is well within a good pre-flop range.

Big Blind

Few people want to be in this position since you are the only player on the table posting a bet without having the opportunity to see your hole. New players tend to get shaken down in the big blind position by professionals because they will defend their blinds by calling most raises if they see a potential for a straight or flush.

Playing the big blinds properly is to observe the attitude or betting habit of every participant. If most of your opponents are playing loosely and aggressively with mid-ranged hands, you can also be versatile with your BB cards ranges such as top pairs or two pairs.

In the case of tight and aggressive (TAG) players, play with the best possible range. You need to avoid getting pressured by TAG players with a C bet or slow play on the flop or post-flop. Playing with a tight pot gives Holes that are well within these range pocket aces or sequenced suited hands.

Under The Gun

While players in this position do not have to post the blinds, they are the first players to act. Anyone within this position will be under intense pressure since the player is the first to decide whether to call the blinds or raise them. Pressure comes from the lack of information as to what other participants around the table are holding.

Going for a tight starting range of aces and 10s or kings and jacks is your go-to-strategy while under the gun. Having a high range gives you plenty of room to avoid post-flop pressure and to profit out of any who might do a donk bet.

Middle position

Players between the early and late positions occupy the middle ones. Not the worst and not the best position to be in, but the middle position gives you plenty of space to be loose with your range such as pocket deuces or a 5 and 6 hole.

Take advantage of this position when a player who tends to limp on the pre-flop is under the gun or big blind. You can intimidate them with a C bet on your turn, forcing them to fold or possibly defend a mid-ranged hand.

Late position

At the end of the middle position are two spots that every player wants to be. Players in the last two positions can place more pressure on the person under the gun and have plenty of data to make a tactical decision.

Dealer (Button)

Anyone at the button position will have a dominating advantage since they can see the bets and raises made around the table, giving them useful insight on which hands to watch out for. When your turn comes up, you can freely fold if your hand is not within the range of an earlier opponent’s over bet.


Cutoff position players not only have a good grasp on seeing their opponents’ standing in the betting round, they also have the opportunity to steal the blinds. Keep tabs on your opponents’ tendency to fold when two or more people raise. Big blind players who consistently fold on 3 bets or over bets are easy targets for a blind steal with a decent hole range.

Knowing what each position in a poker game entails can help you decide on what range of hole cards to pursue when you are at any of these positions. Taking notes of your opponents betting behavior can further help you create a strategy to win the pot in a specific betting round.
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