Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
We are constantly being asked about playing position in Texas Hold Em . We know that question has been asked and answered a gazillion times but it still confuses a lot of players. Here 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 last players to act are 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 them and can act accordingly.

Late position players:

  • Hijack  is to the right of the cut off player and has the ability to steal the blinds but needs to be careful because he still has 2 more players to act after him.
  • Cutoff is a solid position and has the advantage of “cutting off” the dealers 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.  How to play your position, based on the layout of the playing field is entirely up to you. So the question is; do you really know your position?

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

We brought the heads-up Poker grudge match between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu to your attention in our early November blog. It’s still going on!

It was clear that online poker was not DNegs’ strong suit, since his amazing accomplishments include six time WSOP bracelet winner, two-time WPT champion and years of cash game success. He was also not known for his heads-up play, although he says he’s been practicing.

Polk, on the other hand, has been the dominant force in high stakes heads-up play, earning props as an online legend, while also earning over $9 million in live poker tournaments. He retired from an active career in 2018 but he couldn’t resist challenging Negreanu to play at least 12,500 hands of $200/$400 HU Texas Hold’em (with the losing player having the option to extend the match to 25,000)

Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu

Both players have shown incredible fortitude, with Polk close to ending the match several times, but Kid Poker continued to fight back. Polk, as the favorite, definitely had the edge in the poker world, with numerous side bets on him, making his win financially imperative. But don’t count Negreanu out, who admits that he would love to win, if only for bragging rights.

The end of this match is fast approaching. Yesterday, the players reached 23,306 hands with Polk up, overall $945,804. The remainder of the match (plus all prior hands) can be caught live streaming on Doug’s YouTube channel and Upswing Poker’s Twitch channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLygXH3vIAU

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The newest $10,300 Buy-In Super MILLION$ High Rollers GGPoker champion is Darren Elias. Now that is the way to start a new year, especially this year after such a miserable 2020.

Darren EliasElias started out this year by winning the much anticipated online poker tourney and taking home a very sweet $448,842.34 after going head to head with Niklas Astedt. Although he was way behind Astedt and you would expect that Astedt would walk away with it all, it just was not meant to be.

The final hand saw Astedt raised 700,000 and Elias jammed for 12,078,400 which Astedt snap called and turned over pocket Queens against Elias’s Ace-Seven. Cards were in Elias favor as the turn dropped an Ace giving him the pot and the championship. Way to start 2021, Darren!

So even though it’s been a difficult time for the last 12 months or so, this proves that you can still play and win a fortune playing poker online. So check out the Texas Poker Store to pick up all your poker supplies to practice with.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

We‘re almost positive none of us could wait to say goodbye to 2020. It was a horrendous, miserable, life-changing (in a bad way) year. If you’re able to come back in 2021, start the year off with positivity. Forget whatever happened last year and bring your “A” game.

Prepare well, whether it’s for poker or life. Whatever you commit to, keep scrupulous track of what you make happen. Be honest about what you’ve achieved. Better yet, under promise and over achieve.

When it comes to building yourself as a poker player, don’t forget about all the burgeoning techniques and innovative ways for communicating we’ve all learned. Plunge into connecting with poker players from other countries, learn something about their cultures and along the way play some poker.

Don’t forget to get enthused about training. You know you could use more, and you can learn from online courses to master classes to poker strategy videos. Just don’t let up and you’ll never know when it’s exactly what you’ll need when life gets back to normal.

Above all, 2021 is still going to be a tough one for most people. We have the vaccine, which brings us all hope, but we have lost so much. Try to be the kind of person you would want around you, and try to treat others with kindness and a smile. Eventually you’ll feel better and notice that those around you are feeling better too; In the meantime play well, be authentic, and dream big.

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