Hands opening based on the position


Opening poker hands based on position in cash game NLH

With which poker hands should you open based on your position in a cash game?

 

 

 

Early position (UTG, UTG+1, UTG+2, UTG+3)

AJo UTG shoud be folded

Do not play speculative hands (suite or non suited connectors) that require good skills postflop

Simplify your postflop decisions by playing big pairs or AK, AQ, AJs : on the flop you either hit a A (or a K or Q with top kicker) and will be able to extract some value out of the 3 streets, if you do not hit the flop at best you try to check up to the showdown (or exit the hand)

Middle position (cut-off, cut-off -1, cut-off -2)

Do not play speculative hands (suite or non suited connectors) that require good skills postflop

Do not call a raise preflop with QJ, KJ, KQ, KT, QT (dominated hands) but depending on your position you can open with those

Late position (BB, SB and button)

Thinking about calling from the BB a raise by the cut-off with KJs : do not think about it

Do not call a raise preflop with QJ, KJ, KQ, KT, QT (dominated hands) but depending on your position you can open with those

Attempt playing speculative hands (suite or non suited connectors) if on only you are confident in not being raised (limp opportunity)

Focus on specific hands

JJ better plays in heads up, you should always raise with JJ preflop (or raise all-in if short stack). With JJ you have to pray for a flop with no overcards. Yet 43% of the time you will see at least 1 overcard (13% two and 1% three). If you add the texture (eg 2 hearts which can be also quite scary) you will be facing a scary flop with your JJ 66% of the time…A are totally scary (because they can have been played with almost any kicker), K and Q also but to a lesser extent. With 1 overcard you are either far ahead…or far behind. You need to extract as much money as possible from a player whith a smaller pair and avoid giving out too many blinds to a player who hit his flop. Best thing to do is not to raise heavily as this is a EV- move in the long run.