Starting hands in poker

July 17, 2010

 Position is a vital concept in online poker that is frequently tinged upon in beginner books about texas hold’em , but not passable to give players a good idea of how to use it. Not knowing position is an easy way to lose lots of money in cyberspace poker.

Here’s a quick guide to what Hold’em starting hands to play in different positions :

  1. Early position – Because you have to act first without knowing how your opponents are going to play their hands, this is the worst position in poker Without a lot of information onyour opponents , it’s a good idea to only play the best of the best of cards here. In early position is best to play high pairs like AA,KK,QQ, JJ, high unsuited cards like AK,AQ, KQ and QJ sometimes, high suited cards like AK,AQ, AJ, KQ, QJ, and so on.
  2. Middle position – You have to act after the players in early position, so you get to see how they play their hands , but there are still quite a few players to follow you.You can play a little looser in middle position than early position, but you still need to be cautious. In this position is best to play high suited cards like AT, KT, QT, high unsuited cards like AJ, AT and so on, middle pairs TT, 99, 88.
  3. Late position – This position allows you to have a lot more information about how the hand is going before you have to make your own option of whether to call, bet, raise, or fold. If no one has bet in a round, the players in late position may win the pot plainly by betting any amount – this is called “betting position”. Many poker players know about betting position and may call a bet as a bluff when the dealer or one before him bets, but it works often enough that it’s worth trying once in a while. You can play a lot of hands from this position like suited connectors, such as 9T, 78, 67 etc. Small pairs like 44, 33, 22 and hands like A9, A8, A6.
  4. The button – The button seat is the best seat from the table , because on every round except for before the flop, you will be last to act no matter what. You have a big advantage for this hand so you should play as many hands as possible from the button .

This is a rough guide, pay attention to the other players playing types (tight, loose, etc) so you can guess what hands you might be up against. Still, if you stick to this your poker winnings should grow.

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