Playing in the UTG position can sometimes be a difficult position to play in. For those who don’t know UTG means Under the Gun and is the position immediately to the left of the Big Blind and is first to act in a round of betting. In my opinion I think there’s two ways to play when in the UTG position.
I think when your in the UTG position you should either be folding or raising.
In my experience when playing UTG if I try and just call often times their will be a raise or multiple raises. In my opinion it doesn’t make much since to call from early positions. Most players in the UTG position play tight. For example a hand like A, 10 in the UTG position will often be a fold for most players. If you were in another position at the table and dealt that hand a lot of the time you would either call or raise with that hand.
I think when you have a strong hand and are in the UTG position you should be raising at least 3 times the Big Blind. I think 3 times the big blind is a good amount because the weaker chip stacks will usually fold to your bet and your not risking much in chips especially considering you have to pay the big blind the next hand.
Remember when your UTG your in the weakest position at the table. You are the first to act before anyone else so you’ll have the least amount of information on what your opponents could possibly have. In general it’s best to play tight when your in the UTG position. What is your strategy when playing from the UTG position?