In this free online poker games instruction lesson you will learn the most effective ways to win when you are in late position. This is defined by being on the button which means dealer of the hand and is the best position in Hold’Em poker.
This is because you act last in all but the opening betting round and everyone else has played their hand before you have to make decision whether to check, call, raise or re-raise.
In late position there is no raise behind you can call any pocket pair between 2’s and 7’s, and raise with anything 8’s and higher. Any two large cards can be called, but remember if you play hands like K and J, then you’re going to need to get help on the flop immediately, because any A and K or A and J on the board are going to kill your hand.
In addition you can play any suited connectors as low as 4. Suited cards with one card gap in them such as 9-club and J-club can be played, but don’t stay in with lower than 7 and 5 suited. Also keep in mind that you should play cards such as A,5 suited carefully by knowing that if A does flop then your kicker might not be effective.
However, while you’re in last position, and there has been a raise or even a re-raise before you, then it is important to appraise your cards correctly; don’t purely stay in due to your position.
The most important part of the late position is where you can attempt to bully from it, and this can be genuinely an effective technique but it must be used selectively. This is because if you get flagged as consistently bullying with marginal hands the other players will change their play and looks to set you up.
Also if you consistently button bully it becomes a losing strategy in the long run. The players of today are too skilled and too experienced not to see a player do this sort of thing over and over. Using the power of late position can be really a valuable tool but only when done wisely.
The best way to learn how to play poker positions is to play free online poker games before trying your hand at games involving real cash. There are a number of excellent free poker online sites to choose from and you should join up with one of them and play and practice a lot first, in fact free online sites are perfect for any skill level as you can use them for some relaxing fun poker and to practice new techniques. Plus the better ones have excellent free online poker education resources you can use to learn more about aspects of poker and improve your game.