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Position in Poker
04-04-2009, 01:02 AM
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Position in Poker
Position in poker refers to the order in which players are seated around the table and the related poker strategy implications. Players who act first are in "early position"; players who act later are in "late position". A player "has position" on opponents acting before him and is "out of position" to opponents acting after him. Because players act in clockwise order, a player "has position" on opponents seated to his right, except when the opponent has the button and certain cases in the first betting round of games with blinds.

The primary advantage held by a player in late position is that he will have more information with which to make better decisions than players in early position, who will have to act first, without the benefit of this extra information. Also, as earlier opponents fold, the probability of a hand being the best goes up as the number of opponents goes down.
The blinds are the least desirable position because you're forced to contribute to the pot and you must act first on all betting rounds after the flop. Although the big blind has a big advantage on the first round of betting, it is on average the biggest money losing position.

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The two Late Positions – Button (BU) and Cut Off (CO)
The dealer and the player to his right are in Late Position. The dealer position is also referred to as the button (BU), and the player to his right as the cut-off (CU).

The three Middle Positions – Middle Position 1 (MP1), 2 (MP2) and 3 (MP3)
The three players to the right of the CU are in Middle Position. They are referred to as MP1, MP2 and MP3.

The three Early Positions – Under The Gun 1 (UTG1), 2 (UTG2) and 3 (UTG3)
The three players to the left of the BB are in Early Position, They are said to be "under the gun" and are referred to as UTG1, UTG2, and UTG3.

The Blind Positions – Small Blind (SB) and Big Blind (BB)
The Small Blind (smaller forced bet) is seated on the dealer's left, the Big Blind (large forced bet) on the Small Blind's left. The positions are named accordingly.

Less than 10 players

Sometimes you will find yourself at a table with fewer than 10 players. At a table with 9 seats, there are only two EPs. At a table with 8 players there is only one EP. With 7 players or less there is no EP at all.
The fewer players at the table, the fewer the number of positions. The EPs are eliminated first, followed by MP, LP etc.

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