Knowing the Concept of “Poker Position” will Revolutionize your Perspective on Card Layouts
October 3, 2022

The Poker Position Concept is going to be the first idea that we demonstrate to you in this lesson. Before you keep playing poker, you need to have a good understanding of this idea, as it is one of the game’s most important rules.

What exactly does “Poker Position” mean?

Position at the table refers to where you are seated in reference to the button that the dealer uses to mark the current hand. The game is always played in a clockwise direction, so the position you are in dictates the sequence in which other players behave, which has a significant impact on the choices that we make.

The table is now divided into four positions: the early position, the mid position, the late position, and the blinds.
Position at a table with 10 players:

  • The players to the left of the dealer button are the ones responsible for putting up the small and large blinds. These players are referred to as the blinds. Even though these players act last before the flop because of the mandatory blind bets, they act first after the flop and throughout the remainder of the rounds, so we consider them to be in Early Position.
  • The two seats to the left of the blinds are known as the early positions, and the players seated there are the first to act once the cards have been dealt.
  • After the early positions, the next two players are those in the mid positions.
  • Late Position refers to the final three players to take an action in each round (the last person being the player with the dealer button).

Which of These Positions Is the Best One?

The finest position to be in is the late position for a number of reasons, including the following:

Hence, you get to observe what everyone else has done before it is your turn to act; hence, you are armed with a greater quantity of data upon which to base your choice.
When there are still players left to act after them, opponents have a tendency to play more cautiously. This presents a number of opportunities for bluffing, where you can win a pot uncontested just because you are in the best position and can take advantage of your opponents’ weaknesses and cautiousness.
Playing “in position” (late position) gives us more control over the size of the pot, which means we can keep it small if that’s what we want, or we can get more money into the pot in the right situations to make sure we get good value on our strong hands. This gives us the ability to control the hand, which gives us more control over the size of the pot.
The later we act, the fewer individuals there are to act after us, and as a result, there is a lower probability that one of the people who has yet to act after us is holding a strong hand.
You have a marginal hand, consisting of three diamonds and three spades, and you are in late position. You may be thinking about playing this hand, but if a player in an early position raises, you will almost certainly fold your hand. This is due to the fact that another player has already demonstrated their strength, and we are holding a relatively weak hand.

When you compare this to holding the same hand in early position, you can see that you now have to decide whether or not to play the hand before you see the actions of other people. This means that you run the risk of putting your chips into the pot to play the hand, only to have a player in a later position raise and force you to fold your hand.

Can you see the difference between the two situations? In both of them, you folded your hand; but, when you did so in late position, you did so without contributing any chips to the pot, and when you folded your hand in early position, it cost you chips.

So, What Do You Make of This?

The reasoning behind our preference for playing in a late position may be seen in the previous section. When starting from the late position, we will play a larger variety of hands than we would when starting from the middle or early positions.

You will notice from the starting hands that you learn in a later session that we play a far greater number of Starting hands from a late position, and we only play the best hands from an early position. You will acquire this information in a later lesson.