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Getting the Most Out of Your Draws

Adjust your play based on your position relative to other players

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Jun 29, 2011


Poker players often discuss position, but mostly in the context of its relationship to the blinds or button. But your position in relation to varying types of opponents also has great importance. How will they bet their hands? Who is between you and the likely bettor? How will the hand likely play out? How can you best exploit the way that they play their hands relative to your position? And how does their position affect your odds? A solid opponent opened with a raise from under the gun in a $40-$80 limit hold’em game at Bellagio, and was called by two players. Holding the Q♠ 10♠ two off the button and feeling more players would enter the pot, I also called. An aggressive local pro in the cutoff position three-bet. The button and the small blind folded, and the big blind and the remainder of the field called. We took ...

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