Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Middle Position Holdem Strategy
In the middle two or three seats you are allowed to play some more hands than in early position. Here's the list:
**If nobody has raised before me:**
I should RAISE with AA, KK, QQ, AKs, AKo, AQs, AQo, AJs.
If everyone has folded before me, I should RAISE: JJ, TT, AJo, ATs, ATo. *otherwise, just call with these hands.
I should always just CALL with: 99, A9s, A8s, A7s, KQs, KQo, KJs.
If one other person has already called, then I can CALL with these hands too: 88, 77, Axs, KTs, QJs, QTs
If two other people have already called, then I can CALL with these hands too: 66, 55, JTs
If three other people have already called, then I can CALL with these hands too: 44, 33, 22, J9s, T9s, 98s.
**If someone has raised before me:**
I should RAISE with AA, KK, QQ, AKs, AKo.
I should just call with: JJ, AQs, AQo, AJs.
So we can see that in middle position, you can start to add some more hands into the mix. Suited cards are important and are much more valuable than unsuited. Typically, suitedness adds around 3% to your probability of winning a hand. This is why you see lots of suited cards in our lists for early position and middle position. They are stronger hands.
As before, once you have paid to play one of these hands, go ahead and call any number of raises preflop, unless you are sure that your opponents are holding much stronger cards.