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In poker, the player in under the gun position is in the earliest position and he need to act first. It is abbreviated as UTG. In games like Texas Hold’em and Omaha, it is the player seated to the left of the big blind. The UTG player should act first pre-flop in the game with blinds. After the flop, the player in this position is the third one to act after the small and big blind.
Under the Gun is also used as the shorthand for other early positions, with UTG+1 being the next player to the left of under the gun position, UTG+2 is the second player to the left and UTG+3 is the third player to the left.
The term UTG implies that you are under a great pressure and it’s not wrong at all. Other players wait for your game before the flop and you don’t have any idea what everyone is planning to do.
All the players will have the option whether to call, raise or fold after the UTG position. If you are in this position, you will have no idea about the strength of the hands of other players. You don’t know whether other players will call, raise or fold and how many will be still in the hand after the flop.
If you still raise on the UTG position, then other players may take this as a signal of a very strong hand and can decide to fold as well. So, you may not get any action. The action you get is liable to be from the players who think they have a strong hand.
After the flop, the UTG player is still in the early position, but can act second or third if both of the blinds or either of them are still in the hand. This player will not have much information as player follows him, but has more than the blinds.
When in the early positions, many players adopt a tighter strategy. You may decide to call or raise value hands and a narrower range of hands. While the other players will expect a tighter game from you and will play their game accordingly.
Some strategies advice to raise always rather than call if you are in UTG position. If you are playing tight, it can make more sense to bet aggressively or just fold rather than calling and allowing the big blind to limp in and benefit from a lucky flop.
This position can be a good opportunity to go all-in and steal the blinds, if you are short-stacked and receive a good hand. You can at least get enough to cover the blinds through next two hands even with no action.
Games that allow straddling, often limited to the under the gun position. In straddle, you can bet twice the big blind before being dealt cards, then you can become the last one to act rather than the first to act pre-flop.
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