Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We’ve often been asked “how important is the idea of playing position in a poker game?” As far as we’re concerned, playing to the strengths of your position is extremely important, whether it’s a stud game, a draw game or any poker game variant including, and perhaps more so, in Texas Hold’em.

We know the question about position has been asked and answered a gazillion times but it still confuses a lot of players. We’ve written about it before, so here it is again; we hope it helps.

This is a brief description on the positions in Hold Em. Naturally the number of players tends to change the importance of positions, but generally speaking, when a table is full with nine or ten players as in our illustration below, the positions are usually titled Early Positions or EP, Middle Positions or MP and Late Positions or LP. And as their name implies, EPs act first, then MPs and finally LPs.

Early position players:

  • The small blind is usually considered the worst position after the flop. This player is always the first player to the dealer’s left.
  • The big blind is to the left of the small blind and his position is usually considered just as bad.
  • Under the gun is the player who acts first pre-flop. He sits to the left of the big blind and many consider this to be the worst position pre-flop because he must bet or fold first without having any advantage of knowing what everyone else might do.

Middle position players:

  • These players have a very slight advantage but they are basically in about the same position as EP players. They just get to see a little more action before making their move and can act accordingly.

Late position players:

  • Hijack is to the right of the cutoff player and has the ability to steal the blinds but needs to be careful because he still has two more players to act after him.
  • Cutoff is a solid position and has the advantage of “cutting off” the dealer’s chance of stealing the blinds; that is if they haven’t already been hijacked.
  • Dealer or Button is the absolute best position because this guy has the advantage of acting last on the flop, the turn and the river.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Positions

These are your basic positions, but how you play them really varies according to your style of playing and, of course, the style of every other player at your poker table. There are lots of players, including us, that know that position is the absolute most important commodity to have at the poker table.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

People have often asked “what do I do with baby pairs?” Well, it depends a lot on when you get them, but for now let’s look at pocket baby pairs. Small pairs, a.k.a. low pairs, a.k.a baby pairs range from 2-2 to 6-6, after that they are medium pairs or high pairs. Remember, we’re only looking at “pocket pairs” for now.

Pocket baby pairs are extremely strong when played correctly. My strategy has always been to simply do a little bit of mining, and by that I mean “set mining.” There is nothing new about this concept. In fact, if you googled the term you would quickly discover that it refers to the idea that a player holding a small pocket pair limps in pre-flop with the goal to hit a set on the flop. You will also learn that it is considered to be one of the best poker strategy power moves, one that is best played against players with deep stacks who are more likely to call, and even raise with marginal hands.

So, at your next game, if you’re holding one of these baby pairs pre-flop and a player raises before you, passively call and wait for the flop to be good to you. If you miss hitting trips, back off and fold to any main action. If you hit trips, don’t slow play them; raise immediately to build the pot.

Pocket FoursOf course, make sure the flop is mostly blanks without the possibilities of hitting flushes or straights, or anything else that could easily beat you. For example, if you’re holding 4♦ and a 4♣ and the flop is a 4♥, a 9♦, and a 6♣, then wait for your opponent to raise and re-raise him all the way to the river. More than likely you’ll be raking in the chips, although anything can happen at the poker table.

As we always say, some days you can win with an ace high and other times you can’t win with quad aces.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

One of our regular customers just reminded me about the 2015 Super High Roller Series taking place at ARIA Resort & Casino beginning on June 27 and ending on the 4th of July. The event starts off with a Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout, followed by a Super High Roller Cash Game and finally the Super High Roller Bowl as the grand finale.

It sure sounds like one helluva party. The Super High Roller Bowl (or Super Bowl as it might just end up being called) has an incredible $500,000 buy-in! And, although the whole event sounds like something restricted to the superstars of poker, along with the rich and famous, there’s an amazing prize package, sponsored by Poker Central, that could just get you and a friend into the middle of all the action. It’s a one-of-a-kind poker vacation that includes a flight to Las Vegas, a stay at the luxurious ARIA Resort & Casino, $5,000 in cash, front row seats at the Super High Roller Bowl final table, and a possible television appearance.

Of course, the biggest thrill for most poker fans, aside from the $25 million prize pool, is the opportunity to spend time around superstars like Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel, and Phil Ivey as they compete for the $8 million top prize and the Super High Roller Bowl championship ring.

If the chance to win this special VIP package to this high-end summer poker event turns you on, click here.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

In less than two months the World Series Of Poker returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, starting with Event #1: The Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em and running through 66 Events before reaching Event #68 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.

The action  starts May 27th. The questions is, what are you doing to get ready, to improve, to psyche yourself out and go for it this time? Have you practiced, practiced practiced? … Have you studied what the pros do? Have you read any instructional books or watched any videos? If not, maybe you should pick up some advice from the Mike Caro’s Poker University section of our website. Mike Caro is regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on poker strategy, psychology, and statistics. His books and videos could be just what you need to get some great pointers for this year’s WSOP.

This could be your year; you can start for as little as $565 buy-in into the Colossus with a $5 million guaranteed on May 29th. As the WSOP’s own promos claim; “A thousand reasons to play – Millions of dollars to win.”

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