Position is critical in all games, but most critical for any drawing game like 2-7, 5 card draw, or Badugi. The reason is, aside from betting considerations, that you get to see how many cards they are drawing. And only in a drawing game like this will that possibly determine what you'll do as far as your hand. For instance, you have 2357J on the button, 3 people have called, plus the BB checks. You have only 20 outs (4,6,8,9,10) to improve your hand. If you see eveyone drawing 2 cards or more, you might decide to stand pat. After the draw, no one will bet unless they've hit a better hand than you. Then you can raise, they will fold. But if you see 2 or 3 people drawing 1 card, you might decide to trade in your J and gamble on what might be a huge hand with your other low cards, and you can bet with confidence. Odds
-wise, the difference between drawing 1 card and 2 are huge. Double the chance they'll hit a high card or pair up.
And reading your opponents will hinge on your ability to see betting patterns (especially pre-draw) in relation to many cards they draw, as well as what they might stand pat with.
I've not played for real money
, just the freerolls
at Poker Stars (damn, just missed one). The minimum at ring games are $.25/.50. Don't have the bankroll roll there. But I do like the game.
BTW, as only_bridge has mentioned (and it doesn't happen often), you'll get dealt a 34567 or 45678. 34567, you don't get rid of the 7 hoping for an 86 low. You get rid of the 6. This way you'll have the 2 for 4 more outs. If an 8 comes, you'll have 87 for a low, just a tiny smidgeon worse than 86.