I am going to delve into where the money comes from in poker and it is not always from where you think it is. There are very important reasons why you need to be alert to just who is sitting in the two seats to your immediate left and also the two seats to your immediate right. Let me tell you something very important about one of the mechanics of poker, the money on average will flow in a clockwise direction.
This is a fact that is well understood by professionals and is a fact that underlines just how important position is in poker. You win money on average from the players on your right because you have position on them but you lose it to the players on your left because it is they that have position over you.
Note that I said “on average” because for every rule, there are exceptions. If you have position on a world class player then don’t expect to take him to the cleaners just because you have position. Position is so important in poker and especially in a game like No Limit that a positional advantage can compensate for having a weak hand but having a strong hand cannot always compensate for having weak position. On the flip side, if the player to your left is very weak and passive then them having position over you would not have the same effect….like I said, on average.
So in an ideal world, let us say that you had the low down on all of your opponents on the table and that you could pick and choose where on the table to sit, what would be the optimum seat. You must understand that in poker, not all of the seats are the same and the quicker you realise this the better. Obviously in an online game then you cannot always pick and choose where you sit.