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Choosing Your Seat

Choosing Your Seat

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Aug 10, 2011


This article revisits a topic I discussed several years ago. This time, it is primarily for the benefit of former online cash-game players who have recently switched to brick-and-mortar (B&M) card rooms. If you are strictly a tournament player, this column won’t help much unless you can bribe a tournament director into giving you your choice of seats. When you were playing online and preparing to sit down at a table with more than one open spot, hopefully you understood that one seat might be better than the others. Typically, the two most important considerations should have been: Knowledge of your opponents’ tendencies. It’s usually beneficial to have the more aggressive and unpredictable players to your right, and the more passive and predictable ones to your left. If you typically played at a given limit and took good notes on your opponents, then you probably recognized several of them every ...

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