At a poker table, the first 2 people to act before the flop are called early position. These positions are directly to the left of the dealer’s button and are usually referred to as UTG and UTG+1. At a full ring 10 player table, the early positions consist of UTG, UTG+1 and UTG+2.
When playing hands in early position, most players will be raising a fairly narrow range of hands, as there are many players still left to act in the hand, and when you get called, there is a good chance that you will have to play the hand out of position, which means we will be first to act after the flop.
In the video below, Annie Duke gives early position hand selection advice.