The position after the dealer is everything in Texas Hold'em. It is definitely one of the most important aspects of the game. If you are in early position, being one of the first players to play, you must play very tight poker. The closer you are to the dealer button the more loosely you can play as you will have already seen the actions taken by most of the players on the table. If you play loose from an early position you open yourself up to getting raised and remember you will have the same bad position for all betting rounds.

Your opponent(s) will have to act first in hands you play from a later position and this will give you the advantage to react to their plays and make it easier for you to read their potential hands. As you learn this new skill you will start to see that you win more and lose less on the hands that you play from better position. The advantages of position will allow you to play increasingly weaker starting hands more profitably from a later position.

The most important decision you will make in playing a hand is whether or not to play it at all. The following table lists the recommended required hands to consider playing a pot according to your playing position. You should never consider playing a hand that is weaker than what is listed for each position.

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