Texas Holdem Poker Table View

Getting a Good View

To play poker , it is very important to pick a good table or seat. If you find more than one good seat (or haven't identified) one way is to solve to pick the seat at the end of the table. Either the number 2, 3, 7 or 8 seats at a ten-handed table are the seats on the end of the table which allow you to watch everyone for tells, all at the same time. If you are in the middle and everyone watch the players to your left then the law dictates that tell you needed to see will be on your right, or vice versa.

View of the Table

When you first sit down at the table, you won't have a choice of seats usually only one seat will be available, that is, the one you are going to take. When you do have a choice, there are some clues that you can use to help pick a seat.

A loose holdem player often appears loose. He sits or sprawls in his chair. His chips are spread randomly in front of him or stacked erratically. Similarly a tight poker player often appears tight. He sits upright, firmly in his chair. His chips are stacked by denomination, likely arranged in a triangle formation. Passive or aggressive players are not as easy to identify but they sometimes revels some clue. Passive players can sometimes be identified by a blank look on their face. They tend to not appear to be alert. Aggressive players sometimes tend to look just alert but hyper alert. The characteristics of the poker maniac are twitching eyes, continuous scanning the table or the room and fidgeting hands.

When you have a choice of where to sit, the first step is to quickly scan the table, trying to identify types of poker player. This initial identification will not always be right - but you will make accurate assessments often enough to make the few seconds it takes well worth the time. An initial seat selection would be to sit as close to the right of the loosest looking, most aggressive looking player at the table as possible. The second good selection would be to sit to the right of the tightest, most passive looking player at the table. You will have to be certain that the table has players who are easy to beat, that is, weak players, and does not have many players who are difficult to beat, that is, strong players.

Seat Value and Table Conditions

The major significance of the various factors involved in selecting a seat can change as the table conditions change. For instance, the effect of the maniac sitting in a tight, passive game is completely different from the effect of the same player taking a seat at a table that's already loose and aggressive. When you play, try to identify which seat you think is better that the one you have. When a player in a seat that you think you'd like to move to looks like he's getting ready to move, don't hesitate to speak up and announce that you want that seat. There are no rules for who gets first claim on an empty seat - it is first come, first served.

When you move seats, there is sometimes a penalty of having to post an extra blind. It depends on where you have moved to in relationship to your current seat and current position of the blinds. However, do not let this influence your decision. Having to post an extra blind is an insignificant expense compared with the value of a good seat.

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