What is ‘Position’?
‘Position’ in poker refers to where a player is seated in relation to the dealer. In many games, position affects whether the player is required to make any forced bets. Because the matter of position in a round can have an impact on the game itself, players often ‘draw for position’ or ‘draw for seats’ – a card is selected and the order is determined from highest to lowest.
When a poker player talks about ‘position’, they are referring to the various seats at the table and where they are in relation to the dealer. In most poker games, the dealer button is passed around so position shifts with each turn. In other games, position is fixed – players draw for seats and remain in their positions for the game. When a draw takes place, the highest card is usually seated at the furthest point from the dealer, and all subsequent values take their seat according to ranking. Sitting at the end of the line is the best position to hold because the player can see what everyone else does before they decide how to act.
In some forms of poker, players who are seated to the immediate left of the dealer are required to post forced bets into the pot before the cards are seen. These are known as blinds – the big blind and the small blind. In games with these mandatory bets included, the positions at the table will move with each hand dealt – that way, everybody takes their turn in each position and there is no special advantage for any one player. Positions can change as the game moves on because some players will fold and leave the game. This could mean somebody else takes the final position or moves into the first action spot in a later round of the game.