One of the best basic rules of Texas Hold’em No Limit poker you can learn is the location principle. Basically, he who acts last gains from the bulk of the information. Information, you will find, is critical to your decisions in Texas Hold’em No Limit poker. Thus it is advantageous to indeed be ‘on the button’ as they say, or to have the dealer button positioned on you as this means you are the last to act.
These rules apply whether you play Texas Hold’em No Limit poker live or online at one of the many online poker rooms available on the internet.
Often times, the example is the best way to illustrate the location principle in Texas Hold’em No Limit poker.
Here are 3 of the best available examples we can provide to consider the benefits of location in Texas Hold’em No Limit Poker:
A. There say, 3 players in the hand and the board comes J-10-3 rainbow. You are on the button and everyone is checking for you. If your hole card is 10-Ace this might be a good time to bet knowing that players don’t appear to have a pair J, and you may have the best hand of all the current players.
b. In the same situation as., if you have KQ and short straight cards, you can call raises down to see if you are hit straight by the time you get to the river. Compare this to acting first – you can choose not to bet out any chips (representing you have a pair off the board) as someone might re-raise you, costing you more chips to see if you’ll hit straight. Since you’re always acting first, being unkeen to raise yet calling his raise, it may become obvious to your opponent that you’re waiting straight. Knowing this, your opponent can then bet against you on the flop, turn and river, and, if he thinks you’re drawing for your straight, put in all his chips to chase you off the round.
c. In the same situation as b., if you get to the river and still haven’t hit a straight, if the opponent(s) never bet all the way to the turn or the river, well your opponent may have hit any cards. You may want to bet, show you have a pair or better, get everyone to fold and thus win the pot with nothing but King-high.
These are just 3 examples to illustrate position value in Texas Hold’em No Limit poker. Whether you are a live or online poker player, this is one of the best poker principles you can learn playing the game. Then you act the information you have, and the information, you will discover, is one of the most important aspects of Texas Hold’em No Limit poker.