Playing in early position

Your position at the poker table is a very important thing to understand when you are getting involved in playing poker. Depending on where you are sitting in relation to the dealer, the hands that you can play and the actions that you should take are very different. In early position where you just to the left of the blinds, playing anything but only the best few hands is very often a mistake because the rest of the table has to act after you. The chances of you calling and getting raised is pretty good. That is why if you are in early position you should not play hands except hands with which you are willing to call a raise. The reason for this is that you will very often be raised early, especially if many people fold because a person in late position will try to steal the chips on the table.