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Poker Playing Position names, Tactics & Playing Styles

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When it comes to different poker table positions, you’ll often hear poker players refer to them by various nicknames and acronyms. UTG, cutoff, hijack, and a host of other terms that the average player may not be familiar with. All of them have come together in one place so that everyone may discover their nicknames for each position if they have any. Even though the locations in the center are all grouped for a ten-handed table, the remaining positions all count outwards from the button in any direction.

What is Poker in position?

In Poker, a player’s position determines their ability to act in the game. Acting initially puts you “out of place,” but acting last puts you “in position.” As a result of the additional knowledge and the ability to better manage the pot size, playing in position provides a considerable advantage

Why are poker positions important?

Poker positions are defined by the number of players at the table. Playing extra hands is always a good idea at a short-handed table. In various postures, we should try a wider variety of hands. In general, the more hands we may economically play, the later we are in the round, the greater our position. Because of this, the best players play more hands from the button than from the ante position. Many players like to utilise a hand chart that lists which hands to play from different locations to simplify their pre-flop strategy.

In the below blog we have mentioned all the Poker Playing Positions & Tactics that will help you win in both offline and online poker games.

If you are playing No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker, you would be sited in either “9” or “6” maximum tables of your choice, in due course of time, you shall also experience 7 Max & 8 Max Tables on the go.

texas holdem 8 & 6 max table

Poker Positions names and origins

  Early Position Middle Position Late Position
SB= Small Blind UTG = Under the Gun LJ = LoJack BTN = Button /Dealer
BB = Big Blind HJ= HiJack CO= Cut Off

Early Position

Poker shorthand and internet slang abbreviation “ep” refers to the first four seats to the left of the large blind, generally known as Early Position.

Seat 1: to the left of the button

Name: Small Blind (SB, sb)

Blinds are known by their many monikers, but you must begin somewhere. Even if the tiny blind acts last in round one, it must always act first in the following rounds. In addition, the fact that you have to pay a fee to sit here makes this the worst position at the table.

Seat 2: to the left of the small blind is Seat 2

Name: Big Blind ( BB, bb)

Even though you’re paying twice as much as the small blind, you get to act last before the flip. The only way to avoid becoming a long-term loss in this seat is to minimise the amount of money you risk investing.

 Seat 3: to the large blind’s left

Names: Under the Gun, First Position (UTG)

Poker players did not coin the phrase “under the gun”. It dates back to mediaeval times when troops attacking a castle’s walls would do so “under the guns” of the defenders.

Seat 4: Located to the left of the pistol grip.

Names: Under the Gun ( UTG+1, utg+1) 

Middle Position

There are no distinct titles for the following three seats, generally known as the middle position. Occasionally, “early middle” or “late middle” positions may be mentioned, although these can be difficult to define. “MP” is a shorthand for “MP.”

Seat 5: To the left of the cannon and one more seat.

Names: Early Middle Position, Early Middle, and Under the Gun Plus Two ( UTG+2 and utg+2)

Seat 6: To the left of the cannon and two more seats.

Name- middle Position (mp, mp.t.)

To avoid being overshadowed, this lonesome seat is referred to as “Seat X.”

Seat 7: Located to the immediate left of the center position.

Positions in the middle, in the middle, and the late stages of the middle

In shorthand: MP, mp.

In a nine-handed game, this seat doesn’t exist. Hence it’s usually referred to as “middle position” or “late middle position” when alluded to.

Late Position

The final three slots are ideal locations to play cards if you count backwards from the button.

Seat 8: Two to the Dealer’s Right (seat 7 in a nine-handed game)

Name: The Hijack

In a game where button and cutoff thefts are so prevalent, this seat became known as the hijack since players in this position started “hijacking” the action of the two subsequent seats and stealing the blinds before them.

Directly in front of the Dealer, Seat 9 (seat 8 in a nine-handed game)

Name: The Cutoff (CO, co)

Rather than a button indicating where the dealer would be, others speculate that this seat got its name because it was the seat from which the cards were cut during the real deal.

Set 10: The Dealer (seat 9 in a nine-handed game)

Names: The Button, On the Button, Dealer, and Dealer Button ( BTN and btn)

In Poker, the best position to be in. As long as you’re playing at home, you’re always on the button. Dealers will be marked by a large round plastic disc that reads “Dealer” in card rooms.

9 Max & 6 Max Table The following terms mean a certain position that you hold currently on the board

Poker Playing Positions & Tactics - Texas holdem

For Nerds & Historians: The above-mentioned names are fanciful etymologies such a phrase first appears in 18th century US writing and It is only vaguely related to its general meaning.

Just like Cricket or Football, your position plays a vital role in your game/hand in Poker too. 

PLAYING STYLES: What playing tactics to choose

Loose Passive Tight Aggressive
Playing too many hands, including weak ones. Frequent calls and rare raises. Playing strong hands and folding weak ones. Frequent bets and raises, and calling rarely.

The style used by almost all successful poker pros is an Aggressive approach

1. Tight-aggressive Strategy

Playing tight and aggressive means waiting for profitable situations and consistently taking advantage of them.

 2. Tight play:

Tight jeans that you don’t play everything that falls into your hands. There are many cards that look weak and actually are weak. However, there are also some hands that look strong, but aren’t, such as King Jack. After the flop, you don’t need to see every showdown simply because you have a pair. Knowing when you are to beat or when the price is too high can save you a lot of money.

3. Aggressive play:

There is one simple rule in Texas Hold’em: You don’t want to be the one to just call, i.e., the one who just goes along with the bets, without betting or raising yourself.

In a poker game, your profit is a result of your opponents’ mistakes. And when do people make mistakes? When they have to make an important decision under pressure.

4. Things to Remember:

At a table, with nine players you should only pay 15% to 20% of the hands you are dealt, on average. This means you should fold before the flop in four out of five cases.

It is also profitable if all your opponents fold their cards, giving you the pot without having to show your hand. This is only possible if you are betting and raising a lot.


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What is the best position in Poker?

‘Late positions,’ as they’re known to more experienced players, are the greatest in the game since they provide you with the opportunity to act last after the other players have already revealed their plans.

What is the worst position in Poker?

In Poker, early situations are frequently regarded as the worst since they force you to act without knowing your opponent’s actions.

When should you bet in an early position?

Early position starting hands should be avoided if a raise has occurred. Using the blinds, you may see whether anybody has raised their hands yet (pass this turn to bet). It’s preferable to fold bad hands than raise with excellent ones in cash games.

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