Texas Hold’em Positions
Strategies for the Blind and the Button
Perception equals Texas Hold’em. The game is really a battle of who has
the best perception among the players. Having a great hand, you can convince
other players that you have nothing to be able to get more money from them, and
if you really have nothing, you make them believe that you have the best hand.
Also, the position you are occupying in a poker table is a big factor in your
overall perception. Positions also determine whether you have a positive or a
negative chance in winning a game. Before making a bet, always make sure to examine
every factor around and analyze which is the most appropriate thing to do in
order to win.
Being in the blinds, either small or big blinds, is considered to be out of
position as it is considered to be the weakest position in a poker table, and
the person who is in the blind makes the first move after the flop is shown.
Thus, being the first to act, other players can have a very good strategy on
how to deal with your actions specially the experienced ones.
But it is still possible to be in the advantage when in this position. Traditionally,
this is considered as the weakest spot, but for some players, they think differently
about these positions as they think that being the first to act after the flop
is shown gives them the opportunity to bet, which is a good thing. For those
aggressive players, this opportunity is for their advantage even though they
might have missed the flop.
On the button is a position many players would want to be. This is considered
to be the most powerful and advantageous position in a poker table. In this position,
the player who is on the button is the last person to act. Seeing how others
would act before moving can be such an advantage because you get to make a decision
on your succeeding moves.
This is also a good position to steal the blinds when everyone has folded,
and the only players left are you and the blinds, big and small. Raising the
bet can test the blinds to see how they would react. The main goal is to make
those in the blinds fold without ever seeing the flop. Stealing the blinds with
a good or even a bad hand is a very popular poker strategy.
Remember, Texas Hold’em is all about perception.