Poker positions

Poker positions

In Texas Hold’em poker, ‘position’ refers to the order in which players act in a hand. The positions closest to the dealer button are considered ‘late’, those next to the blinds are ‘early’, and those in between are ‘middle’ positions.

Early Position (EP):

Players in early positions act first preflop, without information on how others might play. This is a disadvantage, so strong hands are generally recommended.

Middle Position (MP):

In the middle, you have more information on some players, but others act after you. A slightly wider range of hands can be played.

Late Position (LP):

Players in late positions act last and have the most information. This is a significant advantage, allowing for more flexible play and strategic bets.The button is the most powerful position, acting last in betting rounds post-flop. It provides maximum information and control over the pot size.


Small Blind (SB) and Big Blind (BB) are forced bets and positions that act first post-flop. They can be challenging to play.

There are different ways to name the positions. Here are the names used at Poker Trainer:

Poker positions table

Key Takeaways

  • Information Advantage: The later your position, the more information you have on other players’ actions, allowing for more strategic decisions.
  • Range of hands: Early positions call for tighter play, while late positions allow for more flexibility.
  • Control over the pot: Late positions, especially the button, give better control over pot size and allow more opportunities to bluff or value-bet.

Understanding position is essential as it guides hand selection, betting strategy, and overall game awareness. Playing in position often leads to better decision-making and a more profitable poker game.

It is challenging to memorize all the different preflop charts just by looking at them. It is also hard to know if your memory is correct. We strongly recommend practicing preflop ranges in the preflop exercise to help you commit them to memory and get feedback on mistakes.

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