The position at the table is extremely important. The worst position is considered the position of the player who is to acts first i.e. places the first bet during the pre – flop. This position is an early position and it is also known as “under the gun” (UTG) position. This is the third player, the player who is sitting next to the Big blinder (to the left). The third, fourth and fifth positions are the early positions. The sixth, seventh and eighth positions are the middle positions. The ninth position (cutoff i.e. the player who is to act before the last player) and the tenth position (dealer, or button) are the late positions which are considered the best. There are also Small blinders (sitting to the left of the dealer) who are to play before the last players during the pre – flop and first in the rest of the hands. Big blinders (sitting to the left of the Small blinders) on the other hand act last during the pre – flop and second in the rest of the hands. It is very important to build your strategy and make decisions based on your position at the table.
The possible combinations in poker are 2,598,960 total. Since we know that there are only 4 possible royal flushes (of each suit), you need to divide 2,5 million into 4 and you’ll know that you can form a royal flush if you play about 650,000 hands i.e. the odds are 1 to about 650,000; the odds for straight flush are 1 to 79,193; the odds for four of a kind are 1 to 4,165; for full house are 1 to 694; for flush are 1 to 509; for straight are 1 to 255; for three of a kind are 1 to 47; for two pairs are 1 to 21; for one pair are 1 to 2 (you can manage to form a pair almost every second game).