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Using your position to your advantage.

Using your position to your advantage.
 
Position can play a huge part in hands. This is one tenet of real poker that can still translate over to Zynga play money poker relatively intact without much tweaking.
 
Realize that if you act last in a hand, you are at a huge advantage. You get to see what the other players are doing with their bets which can reveal a lot about their hand strength, then you get to choose what to do.
 
If you’re seated in late position during the hand, and the pot hasn’t been raised yet, then you can usually be pretty confident people’s hands suck. It’s surely possible someone is slow playing a pocket bomb hand, though most do not, and people usually play their hands face up so to speak; raising with good, folding with bad. In other words I think 9 times out of ten if someone has pocket aces, they will raise big rather than just check raising. Although to go off on a bit of a strategy tangent here, I think from experience that if I was in early position with pocket aces, it would be better to check knowing that someone is most likely going to raise behind you. You can then check raise and see how many people think you’re bluffing.
 
If you’re in the big or small blind when its checked around to you,  and you have speculative hands like 6-7 suited, a pocket pair or TT, KT, etc.,  Then just limp in to see a cheap and see what the flop brings you. Careful raising in the blinds because you will be first to act the next street. It’s always to your advantage to act last. If it’s just blind on blind then as the big blind you have the advantage over the small blind as you get to act after they do.
 
Just be aware that the smarter players out there will know another smart player when they encounter one, and they will know that you know that their betting actions are supposed to dictate their hand strength, but of course because they know this, they can and will intentionally do the opposite of what you expect them to do so they can trap you down the line. It gets tricky.  Just understand you need to be aware of possibilities like this, but always first and foremost consider your hand strength vs. what you think your opponent’s hand strength could possibly be. Then you can start attempting to discern mind games or play them yourself.
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