UTG definition

UTG stands for "Under The Gun." This is the first position to play preflop at a poker table. Whether it's a shorthanded or full ring table, the first player to speak preflop will be called the Under The Gun (UTG) player. Since he is talking without knowing what the other players at the table are going to do, he needs to be very careful in his hand selection. If he opens too many hands, he will have to fold too often against a raise and will end up losing a lot of money.

How to play in UTG position?

When you are UTG, you should be fairly tight in your poker hand selection. And if you're playing full ring, which means tables with 8, 9 or 10 players, you'll have to be even tighter since there will be more players talking after you. One advantage of being in a UTG position is that you represent a lot of strength. So if you want to bluff, it's a good position to do so since you'll always have hands like AA, KK, QQ and AK in your range.

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