There’s a maxim that says in HoldEm Position is everything. It holds true though for all forms of poker. As a new player I remember not paying nearly enough attention to the difference position made in poker…I was way too interested in what cards I held in my hand and freaking out because the other guy was re-raising what I didn’t realize at the time was a gross overbet. At the end of this article I’m going to point you to some resources to help fast track your trail from poker newbie to know how.
But for the moment, it’s worth knowing that if you’re going to make a go of hold em you’re going to want to understand poker table position and why it’s so important. Let’s take a brief look at how a poker table is set up, where you can find yourself in the action, and why it makes a difference.
Most poker tables are played with 9 or 10 players. There are a couple of basic but important things to understand when sitting down at a table as a new poker player, and these are as follows:
1. The person with the white dealer button is, remarkably, the dealer. Whilst canino’s and online poker rooms will do the dealing for you, the button is used to determine the starting point for the dealing of the cards, being to the dealers direct left. The importance of being the dealer is that you get to act last in each betting round and so can see the other players actions before you make your decision.
2. The player to the left of the dealer is the small blind. They are required to put out a blind bet before the cards are dealt.
3. The player two seats to the left of the dealer is the big blind. They are required to put out a blind bet double the size of the small blind before the cards are dealt.
4. The player directly left of the big blind is called ‘Under the Gun’. They have to act first in the first round of betting, and are in early position.
You can view a diagram which makes understanding holdem position a whole lot easier at the link below. You’ll also be able to take a look at how a hand is played out.