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The Importance of Position in Poker

Poker is a card game where players place bets during each round based on the strength of their cards. When the betting is complete the best 5-card hand wins the money that was bet during that round. Players keep their cards hidden until the end of the round when they reveal their hands. Depending on the game rules one or more players are required to put an initial amount of money into the pot before the cards are dealt. These bets are called the antes, blinds or bring-ins.

When playing poker it is important to think in ranges rather than individual hands. Beginners tend to focus on putting their opponent on a specific hand and play against that but this is a mistake. You have to be able to read your opponents and make decisions based on what they are likely to do. This doesn’t have to be complicated and can often be found in their past behavior.

When it’s your turn to act you have more information than your opponents and can make more accurate value bets. This is why position is so important in poker. It allows you to force weaker hands out of the pot and can give you an edge over your opponents. For more information check out our article on How to Play in Position. Also, learning some simple math skills will help you understand probability and EV estimation better. Over time these concepts will become ingrained in your brain and you’ll be able to apply them automatically while playing poker.