Position is crucial in poker and our latest infographic will teach you to play poker positionally.
We can split positions into 4 categories:
- Early positions – 3 seats directly to the left of the big blind
- Middle positions – 3 seats directly to the left of the last early position
- Late positions – 2 seats directly to the right of the small blind. The later position, the more hands you can play.
- Blinds – seats that post forced bets preflop – small blind and big blind
In the poker games, when there have been no raises, you should play the following hands:
- Early position – JJ, QQ, KK, AA and AK
- Middle position – 99, TT, JJ, QQ, KK, AA, AQ, AK
- Late position and blinds – 77, 88, 99, TT, JJ, QQ, KK, AA, KQ, AJ, AQ, and AK
Likewise, with raises before or behind you, you should tighten up:
- 1 raiser before you – JJ, QQ, KK, AA and AK
- 2 and more raisers before you – KK and AA
- 1 and more raisers behind you – TT, JJ, QQ, KK, AA, and AK
- If there is a raise behind you and you hold a hand that is not listed above (for example 77) – Fold.
On the flop, you should bet and raise every time you have:
- Top pair with at least a jack kicker
- Over pair, two pair, and better
- Flush draw or open-ended straight draw if you were the pre flop raiser
- Any hand if you were the pre flop raiser and there is only one caller on the flop