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The Button Tax

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Feb 10, '13


It occurs to me that, although my latest poker strategy article has been up since the beginning of the month, I haven’t actually mentioned it here yet. You can read The Button Tax in Two Plus Two Magazine to learn more about the value of position in multiway pots:

I think of my button as a tollbooth that enables me to collect a tax from anyone who wants to come into the pot this hand….

The button is particularly valuable in multiway pots, because I get to collect this tax from each player. There are plenty of hands that I’d fold on my button to a single raiser but call behind if there have already been two or three calls.

Enjoy, and please let me know what you think of it!


Andrew Brokos is a professional poker player, writer, and teacher. He is also an avid hiker and traveler and a passionate advocate for urban public education. You can find dozens of his poker strategy articles at and more information about group seminars and one-on-one coaching at

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5 years ago

Amazing insight! You should consider writing articles on advanced poker strategy.