understand what UTG is, the best thing to do is to know the meaning of its
acronym. UTG stands for "Under The Gun". If we want to translate the
term we can realize that the meaning would be "the player who is under the
gun". It may seem a very striking expression, but when you find yourself
in the situation -which we will explain below- you will realize that the
pressure suffered is very high. Almost as if you were being held at gunpoint.
already mentioned in the introduction of this article about UTG poker that
these acronyms would come to mean in English something like "under the
gun". The origin of this term is not known with certainty, since there are
two theories that are contemplated.
one refers to the pressure to which UTG players are subjected, who must act
without knowing what the rest of the players will do behind him.
theory about the origin of UTG poker says that this expression was born in the
beginning of poker, in much shadier and insecure environments where the dealer
himself would take out a gun to point it at the first player to speak if he
perceived suspicions that he was committing irregularities in his game.
is very simple, as it is the first to speak when the poker game begins.
Although it may seem exaggerated, the truth is that you will feel great
pressure because you will only have a couple of cards in your hand and you will
have the whole table behind you. Nobody knows what the others have, but the
real problem is you because you have to start and you will not know what move
to make. Everything is unknown in this situation and even more so when there
are many players at the table. Let's suppose that the table is full and there
are a total of 9 players at the table. The chances of having high pairs such as
AA, QQ, KK, JJ or AK will be 20%. And if we look for pairs higher than 7 it
translates that the probability will be 60%. With that idea, we realize the
pressure and the probability of winning is not very high. Especially, if the
future plays do not go with us.
have put yourself in the worst and it is time to make a decision to start the
game. I'm sure you're wondering, should I fold in this position? The quick
answer would be yes. Normally what we will do is to fold the hand from the UTG
in poker. But sometimes the following exceptions may occur:
hand: if you have a powerful hand, you will most likely go.
blinds: in case the blinds are big and are at 20% of the stack we have, it
could be an interesting option to extend the range of the hand. With a good one
it is worth to go ahead because it will not be easy to get a favorable hand
again. Perfect for combinations such as JJ, AJ, or KQ among others. In case the
blind is higher than 35% of the stack, it could be an option to open with 2/3
of the hand. That is to say, two paired figures or a pair higher than 7.
hand: in the case of having a pair higher than TT, it is recommended to match
the big blind. It will depend on the percentage of risk that we will have to
assume according to the stack we have at that moment.
if you want to take a gamble and bluff, then you will have to bet on the UTG.
from Under The Gun is not always easy. After all, from this position you will
be under pressure to act first preflop, without knowing what the other players
will do, so it is difficult to know if the right thing to do is to call, fold
or raise, since you will be at a disadvantage with respect to the rest of the
players at the table.
To make it
easier for you to develop the game we are going to give you a series of tips
that will help you to better understand the table, what is happening on it and
how to react.
example, if you have a powerful hand, don't hesitate and raise the bet. Keep in
mind that if you make that move, someone else may raise or even go all-in. You
have to have all the possibilities in mind to be sure that you are making a
good move. For that reason, if you have a vitally important hand, we recommend
you not to be hesitant. Even the all-in in some cases may be the best idea,
especially if we are in a desperate situation and the hand seems to be in our
option may be to look for the call as long as the cost-benefit ratio may seem
interesting at a given moment. With this we can conclude that UTG in poker
leads to assume many risks because you do not know which moves are the most
optimal. Everything is learned with practice. Moreover, if you find yourself
several times in this situation you will become an intuitive person that will
help you make the right decisions on a good handful of occasions. But it is
important to keep in mind that probabilities are important and, at the end of
the day, they rule.
problems, it is recommended to start playing with play money. And when you are
getting practice, the best thing to do is to start with bonuses and then play
with real money. To avoid losing money in large amounts, you should always
avoid starting to play with real money. It is true that with fictitious money
you will not win if you have a good hand, but you will not lose it either. It
is the best option to reduce the risk of making rookie mistakes.
important to keep in mind that with UTG you will be the first person to talk.
Right behind you there will be other players who will be waiting for you to
make a mistake to take advantage. Analyze the situation well to avoid such
the best hands to defend yourself. That way you will be able to have a better
defense when playing without any position.
position is always the play in which there are 5 or more players behind without
If you find
yourself in the game with few pieces, it may be a good option to extend the
rank because you have less to lose. Remember, analyzing the situation is really
important to know what decision to make.
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