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Position


Position is very crucial in all poker games. You may want to play some hands up ahead because of the large amount of jamming that occurs. If you are first to perform, you will be persuaded to fold in many good conditions. Even if you have check-and-raise, you will not be able to use it because in most of the cases when the action gets back to you, the pot will have been raised and re-raised already.

The biggest advantage is to perform at the last. However, some hands, other than the premium hands, should be played in the first position.

It is the case in some of the high-stakes games that if the game is tight, you wish to play few hands ahead and to steal more pots on the end. However, if it is very loose pker game, stealing becomes irrelevant as you do not get the chance to try it.

When you try to steal the pots from the last position before the flop, you generally get the action. But still you want to play with weaker hands at this point. You should bring them in with a raise because most of the players - even when they are in a last position - will not play without the good hands like ace-deuce, ace-trey or some other big hands. Hence, your raise will drive other players out, and you mostly end up playing against the blinds, who will take a flop with a weak hand to look what is out there. Therefore, you not only will have the position on the blinds but also will often have the better hand. This is a very good situation when playing short-handed, especially if you are heads up.

Low Hands

Suppose that the game you are in is very loose, you will want to play any four cards, suited up if possible, than include an ace-deuce or an ace trey. The exception is when many players already have entered the pot. In this situation, you will frequently get quartered with these hands, unless you are against very bad players. In multiway pots, you will want to have a third low card such as an ace-deuce-trey or an ace-deuce-four, or four low cards with the ace in your hand. More low hands will be forged by one of your low cards coming out on fourth or fifth poker street. You will be putting your money in with a cinch, yet if one of the cards that forge your hand looks like on a later street, you will get nothing from the pot. To put other way, having a third low card, even if it is not that good is very vital in big multiway argument. As many players will be going for low hands, you require additional out.

With huge low hands, like three or four low cards that also may be suited up, you may not put in more money early because much of the time you will flop a playable hand. Also, if more money goes in early, you will still take a card off to see fourth street. The main reason for you go to the fourth street when the flop is not very favorable is that if higher cards come early, there occasionally will be more than one high hand with strength. Therefore, the pot will not get jammed.

However, if the low cards come, the high hand is the one that gets jammed in. This is because there are usually two players drawing at the cinch low with probable straight or flush draws to go with it. This is not always the same situation, the common principle is: Jammed pots when low cards flop generally mean several low draws.

 

Ace-deuce is not a great hand and the kind of hand to wait for. It plays better in a low-stakes game, where there are almost always players who continuously draw at the third and fourth (or even worse) low hands. On the other hand, as the game advances in stakes, players infrequently draw at non-nuts low hands, unless they have a high hand running with it or unless there is a "live one" in the pot.

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