Definition of Last To Act

What does the term "last to act" mean in the game of poker? What is the definition of the term "last to act"?

In poker, the player who is "last to act" is the player who has the last action on any particular street.

Definition of term Last to Act - Poker Dictionary - Illustration of cards and chips - Jack spades and Ace of heartsFor instance, let's say that you are in the SB. Action folds around to the button, who puts in a standard pre-flop raise. You look down at pocket Sixes and decide to make the call, while the BB calls as well.

The flop comes 6h-6s-Kd. You are the "first to act" in the hand, while the BB will be second to act and the BB will be the "last to act". The button has the superior position in the hand, as they can see how each player acts before the action is on them.

You decide to check in order to disguise the strength of your hand. The BB also checks, and the button puts out a pot-sized bet. This is a standard continuation bet, and will work under most circumstances. Unfortunately for the button, you flopped a monster. You just call while the SB folds. Unfortunately for you, the button has nothing in his hand and doesn't bet anymore on the turn or river, and quickly folds to your river bet.

In short - the person who is "last to act" has a valuable positional advantage that should be exploited as often as possible.


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