Playing positional poker means the range of hands best played from the 7th to cut-off seat (at a 9 handed table) is much broader than the selection of hands we might decide to play in early or middle position.  Let’s say we’re sitting at an 8 handed table, lounging in the cut-off, and look down at our hole cards of Kc9c.  Whereas this might be a foldable hand in early position, and a calling hand in middle position, with all the benefits construed upon us being in late position this can often be an easy call, or even a betting opportunity in an unraised pot.

So if the range of poker hands best played in position is broad, just how do we determine what we should be holding on to and whether to bet, raise or simply call?

 

Poker Hands Best Raised In Late Position

Pairs 

 

 






 

 

 

  

Suited






 

Unsuited  






    

 

We can call with a fairly wide range of hands in late position, including normally less favourable combinations such as K 10 suited or unsuited, J9, and any pocket pair.  Avoid ace rag as it can frequently become a problem hand post flop. 

To be honest, I also have a tendency to play any suited connectors and occasionally suited gappers from late position, raising around 30% with the suited connectors.  That assists me in defraying a tight aggressive image by occasionally showing down with lower cards after raising pre-flop, and can be particularly handy if I hit the flop hard.  You of course can make your own determination about which poker hands best played from late position suits your style, but the above should provide a general guideline.  The beauty of position is the advantage it provides us by allowing us to act first, to see how our opponents react to the hand, and to make decisions based on the wealth of information we have at our disposal by the time the action moves around to us.  Gold.

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