In this article you will find tips and tricks about Texas Holdem and how to use Position In Texas Holdem Poker to make money. If you are dreaming of playing in a big money tournament then this is a good place to start.
Holdem Poker Position
Playing online can sort of distort the picture for you. For one thing it makes position on the table seem to be more of a minor thing than it really is. The play moves way too fast at times and they give you buttons to click so that you can automatically call or raise a bet. It is of course to their advantage to move the game along as fast as they can. They make their money on the pot rake.
Notice when you play online that the dealer has a slot next to his right hand. The money that accumulates there is the pot rake. Of course, in a play money game it does not cost you anything to play. In a game played for real money it is a factor and should be taken into account. The fewer hands that you play, the less you pay.
If you are under the gun you cannot play tight enough. In fact action from a player in the first or second position to play can scare money out of the pot. If you have flopped the nut hand this position will allow you to sandbag (trap) other players into betting into you. Let them do all the betting and raising until the field has thinned. Then fall upon your opponents like ten thousand avenging angels.
Your position changes with each deal of the cards. Your betting strategy should also change with each change of position. Divide the table into thirds. If you are in the first third of players you are in early position. The second third you are in middle position. In late position you have the advantage and the information from all the players who have acted before you.
Imagine that you have pocket aces and you are on the button (the dealer): you are the last to act. You know that you have the best hand possible before the flop. Always raise. The odds that you flop a set (Three Aces) are 8.2 to 1. A full house 135 to 1 or four of a kind 407 to 1.
Now suppose that you have the pocket aces but you are first to act. Things have changed because of your position. You have no idea what the other players at the table are going to do and thus no indication of their hand strength. The pocket aces are fantastic before the flop but after the flop things can change dramatically.
In the middle position you have some information from the poker players who have acted before you but there are still at least a third more who have yet to act.