Where you are positioned on the table can drastically change your betting strategy. For most situations, you just want to use your usual judgment and strategies. However, there are certain positions which can be either detrimental or beneficial to your situation. Today I am going to explain some of these special betting conditions.
Betting On The Button
Being on the button is often considered to be the best betting condition. Why is this? Well simply because you get to see how everyone else is betting before you make your decision. Here's an example of using the button to your advantage. You are on the river and you have top pair. There has been a lot of betting so far but on the river everyone checked around the table. A carefully placed bet here can secure the pot for you. A good amount is around half the pot size if you want people to call and about the size of the pot if you are trying to scare people off of it.
Betting From the Small Blind
Being in the small blind can also be beneficial to you. This is because you are almost the last person to bet pre-flop, and the first person to bet post-flop. So let's say the hand is still pre-flop. The whole table checks around to you. Here is a good opportunity to raise the pot, as well as some attention. You make a bet about the size of the pot and get a few people to call. The flop comes and it is all low cards. Now is a good time to make a large bet and steal the blinds.
These are two of the better positions to be betting from. Of course your betting strategy will change from table to table and for different players, but these are some good tips to use. I know I use both of these strategies in every game I play and they almost always pay off in a big way. Just keep in mind where you are in the betting order and try to use it to your advantage.