Here's basically the same hand that I showed in the previous post (here), except now we have the pair of sevens in late position, and we get to see what six of the other eight players think of their hands prior to us acting preflop:
We're not getting correct implied odds to call for set-mining when the action gets to us. Also, if we did decide to call, there is no guarantee that the UTG Villain #1 would not re-open the raising, which would cost us even more. Position gives us the information we need to make a good, safe, zero-cost fold in the hand.
No, this is not a super sexy hand example... but it's a super important concept to understand. Imagine which hands you would call here on the button given the upstream action? KJ? Nope. KQ? Nope. JJ? No, not unless we're willing to get it in if/when Villain #1 4bets. How about QQ? Tougher one, but probably a call/fold line is appropriate if the villain's are ABC. Suited connectors? No way....
...and so on....
Position gives us power to make solid decisions, and sometimes those decisions are just "Run away, run away!" Remember, folding is exactly zero EV, and there ain't nothing wrong with that. Zero is almost always a better number than a negative one in poker...
All-in for now...
|Hand History converter courtesy of pokerhandreplays.com|
|Seat1:||seat 1||($200)||Small Blind|
|Seat2:||seat 2||($200)||Big Blind|
|Dealt to seat 9|
Flop (Pot: $271)
Turn (Pot: $271)
River (Pot: $271)
|villain #1 SHOWS|
|seat 6 SHOWS|
|villain #1||wins the pot: $271|