Use Your Betting Position in Hold'Em to Your Advantage

Your betting position in Hold'Em will have a huge impact on the choices that you should make throughout any session. First and foremost, determining your position consists of looking at where you are in relation to the "button" which is passed around the table after each hand. The button itself is considered the best position while the person seated to the left of the button is said to have the worst. If you have the button, this means that you will be the last person to act and that you can judge the value of the others' hands simply by watching what they do.

The table can be divided into three sections associated with betting position in Hold'Em which are the early, middle and late positions. Those who are new to the game should generally select a late position wherever available as this makes it easier to make decisions. Something else to consider is where you are in relation to others at the table. For instance, it is always a good idea to be seated to the right of the person who constantly raises every single turn pre-flop so that you aren't constantly throwing your money away. You will be able to decide whether you want to muck, raise or perhaps just call your way through each hand.

If you happen to find yourself stuck in an early position, then you will want to decide whether you are going to play aggressively or tight - and stick to it. After all, since you don't have the benefit of observing the actions of others prior to making your own, you will need to make the others at the table truly believe that you either have something worth fighting for or that you have absolutely nothing and you're limping your way through until after the flop or perhaps even after the turn. This way, those who are late have nothing to go by - at least as far as your actions are concerned.

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