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Poker Definition of the Cutoff Seat

by Jesse Knight
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Cutoff Position
Cutoff Position - The seat to the right of the dealer button.


The cutoff position is the seat immediately to the right of the dealer button in a flop or draw game. If you are going to play a hand from this position, it is usually a good idea to raise. Doing this will represent strength, and increase your chances of getting the button to fold. This is desirable, because if the button folds, you will have last action for the remainder of the hand (after the flop) and be the de facto button.

The cutoff position has a strong tactical advantage over most other positions. In terms of quality of position, it is second only to the dealer button, which is the premier position in a flop or draw game. This means that you can expand your preflop hand selection, and steal blinds more aggressively from the cutoff position than you would from earlier positions. But you should also be aware that if you raise from the cutoff position, you will likely get less credit from the other players than you would if you raise up front. Other players know that up front raises tend to be big hands, and that the cutoff position will raise with some marginal hands, especially in tournament play. Be prepared for your opponents to play back at you when you raise from the cutoff, especially if you have a reputation as an aggressive player.

When deciding whether or not to steal from the cutoff with a marginal hand, you must consider the texture of the game. In general, the looser and more aggressive the game is, the better quality hand you will need to steal with. It is also important pay attention to which players tend to defend their blinds and which do not. If the players who are in the blind when you are the cutoff do not typically defend their blinds, you will want to be more active stealing blinds. While you should make adjustments to your play based upon the texture of your opponents play, you should be careful not to over-adjust. You want to think of these adjustments as tweaks rather than major overhauls of your game. If you open up your game too much in a tight game you will get clobbered by monster hands. If you tighten up too much in a loose game you will forsake a lot of opportunity for profit and end up sitting around and waiting on big hands.

Usage: Raise From The Cutoff Position, The Cutoff Raised

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