Chapter 2 of 38 from Daniel Negreanu

Understanding Position

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Learn how to immediately improve your game by playing the right cards at the right time. Daniel evaluates early, middle, and late position strategies and provides tips on how to capitalize on the opportunities that each position affords.

Topics include: Out of Position = Defense; In Position = Offense • Playing Hands in Early Position • Playing Hands in Middle Position • Playing Hands in Late Position • Playing Hands in the Blinds • Set a Baseline and Adjust According to Player Tendencies • Capitalize on Position to Win Pots • Quiz: Winning Pots Based on Position

Learn how to immediately improve your game by playing the right cards at the right time. Daniel evaluates early, middle, and late position strategies and provides tips on how to capitalize on the opportunities that each position affords.

Topics include: Out of Position = Defense; In Position = Offense • Playing Hands in Early Position • Playing Hands in Middle Position • Playing Hands in Late Position • Playing Hands in the Blinds • Set a Baseline and Adjust According to Player Tendencies • Capitalize on Position to Win Pots • Quiz: Winning Pots Based on Position

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Put yourself across the felt from Daniel Negreanu—the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time. The six-time World Series of Poker champion teaches advanced theory and practice through hand-reviews of his winning games. Learn how to sharpen your mental game through demos on reading opponents and spotting tells. Join Daniel at the table to learn how to increase your win rate, grow your ROI, and get your game “In the Money.”

See the table through Daniel’s eyes with case studies of body language and hand reviews of winning games across 38 on-demand video lessons.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps, assignments, and advanced play terminology guide.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Daniel will also answer select student questions.

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Win rate has gone up a lot after watching these. I use to never 2 barrels cause i assumed if they call me on the flop they had to have something, now i am two and even 3 barrelling sometimes and find that gets them out of the hand and they're usually just hoping to hit post flop then fold.

I’m achieving final 3 tables more often. And final tables more often. I play on ClubWPT because I’m in the states and I have placed in the money 3 times already since watching this MasterClass. Each of my poker sessions daily has lasted much longer, but also has burnt me out less because I’m enjoying myself more. All in less than two weeks!

Very entertaining even though I am not a poker player. I was able to learn how to read people and situations from the advice Daniel gave.

Daniel, thank you. This class was a lot of fun. Heading to Las Vegas this week.

Comments

Geoff B.

Nice reminder. I like the range tables and have to be practicing this a bit more regularly in real games.

A fellow student

I can not stop the lesson. there is something wrong with the website or this page.

Kimberly S.

Lesson was great! But can't download the associated PDF - I received the following error: <Error> <Code>AccessDenied</Code> <Message>Request has expired</Message> <X-Amz-Expires>3600</X-Amz-Expires> <Expires>2019-03-11T02:05:34Z</Expires> <ServerTime>2019-03-11T02:31:49Z</ServerTime> <RequestId>3E9194B83374C281</RequestId> <HostId> BLxLawL1iG6UW/Gk6pyMmm6xZgen/nC07vcUl2IUuRqtuk+D/bR1Zn/kazoBpOOaQn5AQ9e09hk= </HostId> </Error>

Yoav T.

So, I understand much better about the raise ranges, but missing a little about the call ranges in each position, e.g. if I am in the UTG position, Daniel shows the range that I should open up a raise with, but what is the range I should just limp rather then fold? I notice he said pros rarely limp, so just to make sure, you saying I should fold hands like AJ off or pair of 5s / 4s from bad position? Thanks

Jeff P.

He assumes that the viewer is quite knowledgeable about poker. I know almost nothing about poker, so I'm unable to follow the jargon and technical terms he uses.

Brice C.

hi guys, when people say don't limp, is it only when you're first into the pot? if UTG and UTG + 1 calls the big blind and you're next to act, should you raise? would calling the blind still be considered "limping" when you're the third to bet?

Sammy Z.

What if the small blind is the agressor if we take the last example? So let's say nobody hits the flop, small blind bets. Would you call on the button or just assume that he hit something and fold? How would you continue if you call and he checks/bets the turn and so on? If you fold, wouldn't that mean, that position is irrelevant because the one who is most likely to win is the one who is the most agressive player?

bruno S.

i agree and disagree with daniels last question.... i believe that the player first to bet with that board will win the pot..if i had KQ i would bet just to make sure the button doesnt have an ACE.. hence i would win the pot in this situation considering the button is holding 56.

A fellow student

The last example was very fascinating, but how can you combat again check-raising, which seems to be so prominent in most games I play, even when players hit the flop they more often than not check.

Eyla R.

Helped immensely with understanding position and betting strategy....an aha moment for hands I should/should not play and when to be more aggressive v/s conservative!

Transcript

So if you ever watch poker on TV, you hear them talk about position a lot and position being super important. And I think one of the easiest ways to explain the importance of position, is to use, actually, a blackjack analogy. Right? So many of you, I imagine, have played 21, blackjack, and when you do go to Las Vegas and play, you know, there are situations sometimes that come up where you've got 14. Right? And the dealer is showing a four. So the best the dealer could have is 14. The problem is, you have to go first. Right? So you go first, and you're going to hit on the 14, some of the time and bust. So the dealer doesn't even have to draw a card-- automatically wins. Now, using that analogy in terms of how it works with poker is, when you're the button and you get to go last and your opponent goes first on every street, you gain so much more information. Right? And most flops that you're going to see come out, are going to be flops that both players miss. Like, when you have a hand, like king-queen, you're not a favorite to make a pair on the flop. Usually, you're going to flop not such a great hand. So what that means is, the player who wins the pot, is typically the one that's going to take the initiative, be more aggressive. And it's easier to do that in position because you get the information first of your opponent checking or betting before you. So being in position is simply just a position of like, you get to control the game a lot more easily than you can when you have to act without having any idea how your opponent feels about the flop, turn, or the river. There's two positions you can be in, in a pot. You're either in position, or you're out of position. When you're in position, that means you get to go last. When you're out of position, you know, you don't know what's going to happen behind you. You might get raised. You know, you might get bluffed. A whole bunch of bad things could happen. So think of it like-- imagine it was boxing, right-- so when you're out of position, you want to keep your guard up. Right? You want to be very defensive and you want to be careful, because you're at a disadvantage. Right? You can play possum sometimes with strong hands, as well, because you want to keep a balance. And then, you know, conversely, if you are the player in position, you want to be the one throwing the punches. Right? You want to be the aggressor. You're the one who has control of the situation. You're the one in position that's looking to maximize profit, whereas typically, your train of thought out of position is minimize and protect. When you're in early position, like, really the best defense against people that are overly aggressive is to fold more. OK. So that's just the way it is. Unfortunately, that is the number one best way to do that. Now, that's not to say, you know, when you get a really good hand, you're not going be able to profit, because you know that your opponent is supposed to...