• August 1, 2021

Online Poker Dictionary: Early Position

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At a poker table, the first 2 people to act before the flop are called early position. These positions are directly to the left of the dealer’s button and are usually referred to as UTG and UTG+1. At a full ring 10 player table, the early positions consist of UTG, UTG+1 and UTG+2.
When playing hands in early position, most players will be raising a fairly narrow range of hands, as there are many players still left to act in the hand, and when you get called, there is a good chance that you will have to play the hand out of position, which means we will be first to act after the flop.
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This is considered the worst position in poker, since you have to act first without knowing how any of the other players are going to play their hands.
Because you have to decide whether to fold or raise (or whatever) without a lot of information on the other players, it’s a good idea to only play the best of the best of cards here.
What to play in early position?
If you’re in early position and first to bet, you’ve got to be a bit of a spoiled brat. Only play with the best hands but bear the following in mind:
Mix it up when you’re playing with small pairs to medium pairs like 10-10 and J-J by varying between raising and calling
Hands with two big cards like K-Q or J-10 may look good but they can get you into trouble when you land up cornered after the flop
Fancy trying a cunning move? Trap other players with a re-raise. The ideal hands to do it with are A-A, K-K and Q-Q. Just call the big blind – hoping this will be seen as a weakness – then raise and finally do the re-raise. This crafty little trick works the best at an aggressive table where raising and re-raising happens often enough that doing it won’t set off any alarm bells
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