Definition of Middle Position

What does the term "middle position" mean as it applies to the world of poker? What is the definition of the term "middle position"?

Let's say that you are playing in a nine-handed NLHE cash game at your favorite online poker site.

The players at the table are divided into three different groups - "early position", "middle position" and "late position".

Definition of term MIddle Position - Poker DictionaryIn poker, players in late position have the advantage over players in earlier position, as they are able to act later in the hand.

Let's look at the three groups:

Early Position

Includes Small Blind, Big Blind and Under the Gun

Middle Position

Includes the Three Players Seated to the Left of the Under the Gun Player

Late Position

Includes the Button, Cutoff and the Player to the Right of the Cutoff


Let's look at an example to try and fully illustrate the proper usage of the term "middle position".

Action folds around to a player who is in middle position. This player, according to your mental notes, is aggressive pre-flop but does not play very well after the flop.

This player decides to raise. You are the button, and the action folds around to you.

You have position on the player who raised pre-flop. You have been dealt K-Q offsuit. Under normal circumstances, you would fold this hand, but given your read on the player who is raising, and given the fact that you will have position on this player, you decide to call.


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