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Texas Hold em Poker Hands Position (6 Max)

Online poker has blown up in the past decade. It has become the favorite past time of many people around the world. With the software online poker sites use, tables can be created at no extra cost. This means that online poker sites do not require all tables to be filled with nine or ten players. Most online poker rooms offer players the option to play at 6-max tables. These tables have six seats which means only six players may sit down at one time. Fewer people at the table means players are in position more often. This translates into wider ranges at each position. Position is very important in poker and should be taken advantage of whenever possible. Players should construct a range of poker hands that they will open from each position in unopened pots. This will make preflop play a lot easier.

Shorthanded play adds a new dynamic to the game. With less people at the table, your poker hands order or poker hand rankings should change. In this case, with fewer players, you can open up and play more hands. So if you were at a 10 player table, you might fold that KTs UTG, but at a 6 player table, it might be a clear raise. In general, as the number of players at a table decreases, the more hands you’re able to profitably play.

Poker is a game of position. Position has nothing to do with where a player is physically seated. It is where a player is seated in relation to the button and/or their opponents. To have position on another player means to act after them. Most players know position is very important in poker, but some don’t understand the reasoning. Having position on an opponent means having information about them that they do not have. Since other players must act first, position can be used to pick up on any weakness or strength that another player may show. For instance, bluffing becomes easier after seeing an opponent check. Building pots with the best hand is also easier in position since there is no threat of having a round of betting closed. Players in position play more perfectly since the additional information gives some clue of the poker hands an opponent may hold. See below for our Texas Hold em poker hands charts, based on position, for a no limit Texas Hold’em 6 Max game.

NOTE – These are general starting hand ranges that you can profitably raise with when folded to you, based on position. Other factors such as table dynamics, your opponents, and your own skill are not included and should be considered.

Texas Hold em Poker Hands – UTG (Under the Gun)

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AJs+ (Suited Aces with a Jack or Better)

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AQo+ (Unsuited Aces with a Queen or Better)

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KQs (King Queen Suited)

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To make preflop easier, players should routinely open and create a poker hands order to be played from each position. The position to act first preflop is known as under the gun or UTG. Since play goes clockwise from the button, UTG will most likely have bad position throughout the entire hand if they choose to enter. With this in mind, a tight poker hand order must be used. The stronger poker hands will compensate for bad position. A standard poker hands order from UTG is 22+, AJs+, KQs, AQo+. This is about 7.7% of poker hands and ensures lack of position does not cause a big disadvantage.

Texas Hold em Poker Hands – MP (Middle Position)

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A8s+ (Suited Aces with an Eight or Better)

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ATo+ (Unsuited Aces with a Ten or Better)

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JTs+ (All Suited Brodways)

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KQo (King Queen Offsuit)

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The next two positions are closer to the button, but still must be played a bit more cautiously. The position after UTG is called middle position or the hijack (MP or HJ). The poker hand order played in this position is a bit wider than that from under the gun but still must be tight to compensate for the times called by the cutoff or button. A poker hands order that is profitable to open from the hijack is 22+, A8s+, QJs+, JTs+, ATo+, KQo. Notice that suited hands are played more often from worse positions since they are usually easier to play.

Texas Hold em Poker Hands – CO (Cutoff)

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A2s+ (All Suited Aces)

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A8o+ (Unsuited Aces with an Eight or Better)

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JTs+, JTo+ (All Suited and Unsuited Brodways)

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76s+ (Suited Connectors)

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The cutoff is where a poker hand order begins to really widen. A wider opening range results in the button folding and having the best position at the table. A nice, wide range to open from the cutoff is 22+, A2s+, K9s+, Q9s+, J9s+, T8s+, 97s+, 87s, 76s, A8o+, K9o+, QTo+, JTo. This is about 25.8% of poker hands. Suited connectors are introduced as playable poker hands in the cutoff since players can create huge pots when a draw is hit or bluff with great success after reading an opponent’s weakness.

Texas Hold em Poker Hands – BTN (Button)

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A2o+ (All Unsuited Aces)

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K2s+ (All Suited Kings)

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JTs+, JTo+ (All Suited and Unsuited Brodways)

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54s+ (Suited Connectors)

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76o+ (Unsuited Connectors)

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The button is the best position at any poker table. Players can open hands or call with weaker poker hands since position will compensate for lack of hand strength. Raising from the button is highly successful since there is a high chance of stealing blinds. With this in mind, players want to open a poker hand order of 22+, A2s+, K2s+, Q9s+, J9s+, T8s+, 97s+, 86s+, 75s+, 65s, A2o+, K9o+, Q9o+, J9o+, T8o+, 97o+, 87o, 76o. This is over 40% of poker hands and opening this wide is highly successful. Even if the blinds call, they will be at a huge disadvantage since they are out of position. Please note that most of these poker hands are rather weak and will not make very strong hands post-flop. To win pots with these poker hands post-flop, players must bluff a large percentage of the time.

The small blind plays rather differently than the rest of the table. The history between the two opponents is rather important. However, as a rule of thumb, the opening poker hand order from the small blind is equal to that of the button. With this wide opening range, many big blinds can be won which helps grow one’s winrate.

It has been said, “Position is like water. You don’t need to know why it’s good for you to take advantage of the fact that it’s good for you.” By playing the majority of Texas Hold em poker hands in position, players can expect their winrate to be rather high. Bluffs are more successful and monsters are paid off more easily. With more successful bluffs, players can bluff more often with their weaker hands which, in turn, causes opponents to pay off strong hands rather lightly. Strong hands in good position is the key to poker success.

 

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