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Head Games: Three Keys to Winning Poker: Position, Position, Position

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Apr 29, 2011


The Pros: Shane Schleger, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Moshin Charania Craig Tapscott: What are some of the main ways to take advantage of your position against opponents at the table? Shane Schleger: Position is like a force of nature in a poker game. The dynamics of table position are so intrinsic to the game that weak players can use it to gain an edge against good players without even realizing it. Acting after a player in a hand enables the in-position player to glean the maximum amount of information about his out-of-position opponent by being able to observe betting patterns and tells. The opportunity to observe is the greatest advantage of being in position. For a “feel player,” the most usable net effect of this is being able to win hands in a lot of spots where hand values don’t matter so much. There are many poker situations in which both ...

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