Importance of Poker Position

How to Play Your Position

What is 'position' in poker, and why is it so important? You'll have all the answers after watching this episode of Everything Poker. The video starts off with a basic explanation of the positions at the poker table, and the implications of being seated at various positions.

In general, late position is better than earlier position, with the 'button' having the best position because he gets to act last on all the rounds of betting that occur after the flop. The 'button' is the person sitting between the 'cutoff' and the 'small blind'. Different seats at the poker table have different names, and this episode explains them.

The explanations and theories are brought to life when we drop in on Season 3 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Barcelona. Poker pros like Phil Ivey take advantage of late position to pressure the out-of-position players to fold. There's also an analysis of position by poker champion Joe Hachem.

We finish this episode with a lively discussion about 'old school' poker skills versus the 'new school' approaches employed by the game's up and coming players. It seems that the old school players and new school players have different strengths and weaknesses. But there are definitely some skills that a beginner should focus on.
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