Originally Posted by P0kerPrinc3
What exactly is position? I always hear players emphasize the importance of position but why is it so important? I have been playing poker for less than a year and I have been a winning player for most of it (downswing as of right now). I want to improve my game and I figure learning things that I have been neglecting such as position will make me better. What to do in position? How to play position? When are you in position? I would appreciate any and all help you can offer me.
The key importance of position is the fact that we are playing a game where the more information you have the better decisions you can make, and having position allows you to gain the most information on your opponents to help you decide which action you want to take.
That is why position is important and why we can open an unopened pot with a wider range as our position is closer to the button because of all the seats the btn is the only seat gtd position on the rest of the table in the game.
Congrats on being a winning player, its better than most do in the game. Are you playing online or live and at what stakes? What is your current style of play (tight passive/agressive, loose passive/agressive .... typically what hands would you say you currently play from early position (closest to the left of the blinds vs closest to the button and throughout etc) as depending on your current style its possible you may already be somewhat positionally aware even if you don't really think about it, so it comes down to depending on what you currently know and the games you play in and how you play.
Essentially however regardless of style having position is very important and playing out of position (oop) vs in position (IP) often makes for tougher decisions and more difficult to extract value from any decent players who have position on you. Hope the games are still going well and that this helps somewhat.
You can also have a look at the cc article regarding poker starting hands that would give you some idea about positions at the table as well in regards to how you can open wider in later positions ...