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Table Position in Texas Hold ‘Em

Table position is one of the most important factors of the game. Once you have learned how to utilize it, you will feel like you are a complete player. It makes you think of all the possible outcomes of every hand, and how you might be able to overcome them. In this article I will tell you how to position yourself to win in the table combinations you play.

This game starts with the placement of the blinds on the table. The first player to the left of the big blind is the first ‘stronger’ in the hand, and therefore in the viewers eyes, you are kept apart in the hand. From then on, each player is strongest in their own home board. The places are named after the positions in the table, for example, small blind, big blind and so on. The blinds are always low in Texas hold ’em.

When you play a hand from the blinds, you are in an entirely different position than when you play it on the actual table. The players in the blinds are, for the most part, in a blind position. They will therefore always be in less of a position than you are when in reality you are in a better position. This is a big advantage.

The combination of position and playing cards is the basis of all real poker strategies and the combination of playing cards is the basis of all MPO777 websites. When playing online, you can study the table and feel the cards as you play. In real life, not so. Although you can study the table in online poker, you cannot study the cards in the air. Hence, learning how to play in online poker will largely depend on actual playing experience.

There are two distinct groups of hands in hold ’em. The strongest hands are the Royal Flush, Ten-Star Flush, Four-of- a-Kind, Quick Draw and a Full House. The weakest hands are the Without any kind of kicker, Flush, Two-pair, No-pair, Straight, Three-of-a-Kind, Two Pair, One Pair, Draw, and High Card. Learning the different between these hands is an fundamental first step to learning the game’s strategy.

Some of the strengths of each hand are as follows:

  • Royal Flush – top poker hand statistically for poker.
  • Ten-star Flush – next strongest hand statistically.
  • Four of a Kind – very strong hand, e.g. quads.
  • Quick Draw – draws to the best hand available, ex. four-of-a-kind quickdraw can beat three-of-a-kind straight.
  • Full House – three of a kind when a player has hold ’em, one of another type of hand (jackpot) that could make a better hand (e.g. jack-master).
  • Flush – all the five cards of the same suit, e.g. five hearts or five spades.
  • Straight – the cards are drawn in sequence, ex. ace, king, queen, ace. The ace can be used as a high card or low card in straights.
  • Three of a Kind – very strong hand and the most valuable in hold ’em. Sometimes results in a split pot but the most common result is to make a pair.
  • Two Pair – similar to the above hand, the second pair has two of the same card.
  • Pair – two of the same card, ex. ace, ace, ace. The ace can be used as both a high card or low card in pairs.
  • High Card – the cards are held by the player and therefore have high cards. In the case of the hand Ace, King, Queen, Jack, etc, “high card” is the highest card in the hand. This category also applies to flushes.

So, out of all the hands, the most commonly given way of describing a player’s hand is to describe the actions that the player makes and the cards they hold, including their showdown hands.