Using Position to Steal Pots

The power of position is crucial in all forms of poker and all winning players take advantage of it. When you’re playing Pot-Limit Omaha, position is a very important consideration; perhaps even more so than in No-Limit Hold’em, and this is true regardless of whether you’re playing at a full-ring table or when it’s short-handed.

In early position and middle position at the table you will be open raising a lot when you want to play your hand, as you will be first to open the action, but there will be many situations when you just want to call pre-flop in position to see how your hand connects with the flop.

You should be more willing to do this when playing in position as opposed to playing out of position due to the positional advantage you will have after the flop. The thing to keep in mind when you’re playing unpaired hands is that the the majority of the time, you’re not going to hit much of the flop, and neither will your opponent(s). Even paired hands will likely be scared of overcards on the flop.

When you’re playing poker, bluffs are an integral aspect of the game, and positional bluffs are much easier to pull off when you have position in the hand. As you become more experienced with playing on post-flop streets, you will definitely want to start exploiting position and reads you have on your opponents to make plays even when you don’t have much of a hand. Bluffing is what separates great poker players from the rest, and the accumulation of winning lots of small pots can really add to your overall win rate.

An example of stealing pots in position:

For instance, you can consider floating in position when your opponent is continuation betting with a high frequency. The float play is when you call a bet from an opponent without any kind of hand, with the plan to take the pot away from them if they check the turn. The flop is unlikely to have helped your opponent, so they can’t really play back without a hand. This is is just one example of how position at a poker table can be used your advantage, and this concept should change your decision making and how your play your hands. You can also use this play when someone bets out from the blinds. If they weren’t the pre-flop raiser then in all likelihood they would check to the initial raiser expecting a c-bet before indicating strength if they actually had a hand.

How aggressive are the players at your table? The more aggressive your opponents are, the less likely you want to play in position because the increased aggression will prevent you from playing back at them as much when you’ve whiffed the flop and can only win when you try and bluff them. Avoid these players are try to play position against players

Hopefully reading this article has opened your eyes to the power of position, and how exploiting it can improve your chances of bluffing more effectively.

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