How do you become a “Shark”? well, experience is the good answer but knowledge could get you even further,
This is why we have decided to share some of ours with you.
Lesson number 1- Position
Your position at the table is determined by where you sit relative to the dealer. It relates to the order by which you will act. Many beginners ignore position. This is a mistake. It really does matter. You should remember that poker is all about gathering useful information. Even the tiniest bit of information can be a factor in whether you win or lose
How to bet from your position
In Hold’em poker, the earliest position to be in is directly to the left of the small blind. The player who sits here is “under the gun”. This suggests that it’s not the most comfortable place to be.
Being what is called “on the button” is the best position to be on a poker table. In this position, you sit with the dealer button in front of you and the big and small blinds to your left. You’re the last to act. This way, you can make decisions on your hand based on what you see other players doing..
With the limited information you have, a person who sits on the button is going to have a lot of information before playing, for instance, a K-J off-suit. If everyone just simply folded or called the big blind before this person, he or she would probably call the blind. But, if one looks at the other hands at the table, that might not be the case. Another player, with perhaps an A-10, might raise. A third player would certainly raise with cards like pocket Q’s and a fourth player might even try to at least match or even re-raise.
By the time the action gets around to the button, the player will know that there’s plenty of strength around the table and he’d be smart to fold that K-J off-suit and wait for better cards on the next deal. Yet another player can have that K-J off. He will be in the worst position under the gun. Because he doesn’t have much information – he doesn’t know what the others might do, he has no way of knowing if some big raises were coming along, and he’d be unlikely to take a chance with such a marginal hand.
This last player might well be tempted to call his K-J. If he does, it’s sure to be a waste of his chips, as he’d have to fold before the flop in the face of strong raises from three other players on the table.
This is why hands in an early position have a lower value. There’s no good way to know just how much it’s going to cost you to see a flop when it’s your turn to call. Calling a marginal hand, like the K-J off from a bad position, is like taking a double gamble. First, it’s like you’re betting that you’re going to hit. Second, youthink that no one else will re-raise before the flop. This cycle can repeat itself on each round, through the flop, turn and river.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t play cards from bad positions. It’s just that you need to be more selective about how you play from that position.
Always remember that suited hands (where both your cards are of the same suit) are a bit more valuable because there is you could make a flush with them.
Also, two cards of the same suit give you an added opportunity to get a flush. Connecting cards of the same suit, like Ah-Kh, give you both flush and straight possibilities, so they’re worth a more. These aren’t the only cards you should ever play. Just about any two cards can win a hand (though some are a lot more likely to than others). Anything unique, like playing against a particular type of player, or playing from an unusual situation, may require you to loosen or tighten the way you play.