Are you an ardent poker player? You must be playing the game with immense attention and need to work on your skills to witness a transformation from novice to expert in playing Texas Hold’em Poker player begins by making sound judgments using all the information that you have at your disposal. The acquiring of information begins even before your first two hole cards are dealt with you.
Before the first cards are even dealt you should begin by considering your position at the table. The table should be divided up as follows:
When you are seated in early position you are making you’re betting decisions before getting a chance to see what the other players are going to do. You are making your decisions without information on what hands your opponents may have.
The middle position will allow you to play more hands than if you were seated in the early position since you will get to see what the other players in front of you are going to do. There are also not as many players who will act behind you so you are not as susceptible to a raise as you would be in an early position.
Late Position is the most advantageous position at the table. You get to see what most of the other players in front of you are going to do. You get to act with the most information available to you. Being seated in late position allows you to play a wider selection of hands. Being “on the button” – the dealer – is the best position.
Small and Big Blinds do act last before the flop; you are acting last in every round after the flop. This makes it one of the more difficult positions on the table.
You will put yourself on the winning path in limit Hold’em by playing good hands and showing sound judgment on when to be aggressive. There are reasons to be aggressive and raise the pot, especially before the flop, such as:
Others in front of you have folded. The likelihood that your hand is the best increases as others fold. Of course there are also some good reasons to not raise: Someone else has raised or you don’t want to narrow the field. An example of this is when you are drawing for a flush or straight. You are risking less up front for a hand that you may or may not make. By keeping more players in the pot, you have the potential to win a larger pot if you do hit your hand.