What is ‘Early Position’?
The Early Position refers to a seating position in the game of poker which is immediately to the left of the dealer and on a larger table can often include the next couple of players as well.
The player(s) in the early position are the ones who essentially have to act first when a game takes place and can often be seen to be at a disadvantage due to the need to act earlier than the other players at a table.
There are varying definitions of which players exactly qualify as being in the early position when a game takes place however there are certain positions at the table which are associated with being in the early position.
The players who are at the small blind and the big blind position (who make forced bets before seeing the cards) and the under the gun player (who is seated immediately to the left of the blinds) are usually seen as being in the early position. These players are seen to be at a disadvantage in comparison with the other players at the table because they have less information than them and therefore have a more difficult job.
It is also difficult being seated here because of the lack of information a player has about those in the late position and what their action will be e.g. to fold or to call. Being in the early position can often feel like a guessing game so it takes playing smartly and carefully to win when sitting in the early position and hands such as pairs are often seen as the easiest hands to play when in this position.