May 16th, 2017
No-Limit Hold'em: The Importance of Choosing
the Correct Seat © 2017 by M. Mitch Freeland
Most small stakes players do not understand the importance of their seating position. The seat you take, however, is important and can help make you more and/or prevent you from losing less money. Here are a few things you want to consider regarding seating:
♠ The money goes clockwise.
♠ You do not want to sit on the right of a maniac or habitual raiser.
♠ You want the loose players on your right.
♠ You want the large stacks on your right.
♠ You want maniacs on your right
♠ You do not want to sit next to players who constantly straddle your blinds. This means straddles from first position from your small and big blinds.
Playing a Mississippi straddle is different. If you do not know what a Mississippi straddle is, it is straddling on the button, where now the small blind has to act first. Some casinos have changed the rule where the player under the gun (seat left of the big blind) acts first. This is the case at The Venetian poker room in Las Vegas. Next door at Harrah's the small blind is first to act when the button puts of a straddle on. If you want to punish the blinds, when put on a Mississippi on the button regularly. You are in good position and you are making it tough on blind hands who already have dead money in the pot. I will go over Mississippi straddle later in the book.
Unless you are sitting in perfect position with large stacks on your right with loose, maniacal players, consider moving to an open seat when it becomes available on your left. Presume that the new player will be loose and bad—you want him in front of you.
To learn more about making money playing poker get a copy of The Small Stakes Poker Hustle or How to Make $250,000 Over the Next 5 Years Playing Small Stakes Poker, available on this website (MitchFreeland.com).
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