Posted by waoz
There are two types of players you prefer to have seated at your right (in front of you).
First, loose players who habitually draw to Shorts and Cat-hops. Since you play an aggressive game, raising more
than your share of pots, it is important to have that Pair of Sixes call before you raise. Unfortunately, only a few
players are suicidal enough to Cold call a raise with a small Pair.
Second, you want intelligent players who raise liberally on your right. Most of your profit comes from the weak
players, and you certainly don't want some knowledgeable competitor re-raising you with Kings and Sevens right
after you have smartly raised a weak Opener with your Fours and Threes. Position yourself at the table so that you
act after other strong players.
Tight, predictable players belong on your left (behind you). They pose no threat. Those who open with any Jacks-orbetter
hand but who seldom play Shorts also belong on your left. Their presence behind you allows later and more
effective sandbagging. Naturally anyone with a recurring opening Tell should be on your left, also allowing you to
sandbag in later positions � even 7th!
Sit next to players who constantly expose cards.
You'll encounter players who change seats for purely superstitious reasons. As laughable as this may seem to many
Professionals, these seat-changing luck-seekers are helping their chances. They tend to reposition themselves only
when they're luck is poor. More often than not they are running bad partially because of their unfavorable seating
position. A change, even when there is no strategic motive, is apt to be beneficial.
Unless you're in an unusually good position, you should give consideration to changing seats if you've been losing.
That's because other players tend to react to your bad fortune by becoming less fearful and more aggressive. In
effect, they begin to play better. Change seats. If you win a pot or two in the new seat, impress this fact vocally on
the opposition ("I knew this was going to be a lucky seat! You Turkeys are in trouble now!"
Players can be easily
intimidated when they feel your luck has changed for the better.
Earlier you learned the importance of table selection. Choosing the right seat will add enormously to your Draw