Third Street ->> The Importance Of Position


When playing, position should never have been underestimated. The later you would have to act, the better.

Let’s say, you would have been holding a pair of Jacks and a four and you would have been the second-to-last player to bet.

The low card had brought in the betting for a dollar, the next three players had called, and the next two had folded.

You would have had to look to your left and you were to see a ten, and out on the board among those who had bet were the two queens and a king.

Previously, Peter had stated that if these players had not yet bet, limping in would have been the proper move. But here in online poker, you could have gone ahead and completed the bring-in to two dollars.

The ten to your left would probably have folded, and because there would have been no raising by the larger cards on the board, it would have been likely those players had not had split pairs.

Your raise would have gotten at least one or two of the remaining players out, which is what you would have wanted to happen, when playing poker.

Against any drawing hand heads up, you would have been a favorite with a big pair. If there were would have been a lot of hands in the pot, though, you would have gone from favorite to an underdog.

Odds would have been, with all player sticking around (and they would if you would not have made them pay) you would have gotten outdrawn by somebody.

While the later position would usually have been the best, at times the early position could have been advantageous.

When you would have been in the early position, you would not have known what the players to your left would have done.

If, however, you would have had a big pair that was higher than pairs that could have been represented by the rest of the board, you should have raised.

By raising the bring in from a dollar to two dollars, you probably would have caused more players behind you to fold.

One thing that Peter had found playing the lower limits poker was that while late position had been ideal, if Peter would have raised with a strong pair in early position, more of the players yet would have folded than if Peter would have raised in late position with the same hand.

Why? Because at the lower limits poker, peoples’ thinking goes, I’ve already got a buck in the pot, and it’s only one more chip to see another card’.

Players would have foolishly put another chip in even after having been raised, because they wouldn’t want you to ‘steal’ their money.

Even though most of the players might have stayed in with a late position raise because they would have had some money in the pot, you still should have never, ever have let them get away with sticking around cheaply with a drawing hand.

Yes, many may have stayed in, but if even one or two had dropped, it would have been beneficial to you. You would have been cutting the field, and with a starting big pair, that’s exactly what you would have wanted to do.

Quick Guide….
…..To Big Pairs Third Street :

RAISE most (about 99%) of the time, unless you find a reason not to play them fast (e.g. if both of your other cards for trips are dead).

CALL only if your game is so loose that you know without a doubt that other players will stay in despite your raise.