Playing from middle position is a bit easier than playing from early position, and gives you the option to open a wider range of hands overall. You can’t open nearly as wide as you can in late position, and won’t be focusing on attempting to steal blinds typically from middle position. Of course, just like playing from early position, you should play the position differently with each type of game that you play. Whether it be cash games, multi-table tournaments, or sit-n-go’s, playing middle position always depends on the players around you as well. Let’s take a look at the different types of games and how to play middle position in them.
Playing cash games will allow you to open much wider from middle position. You can open pretty much anything in the ranges of A/K to 5/6 suited I’d say. Suited connectors play well in cash games, especially since there is no real “busting out”. Now, if you were to get three-bet in middle position after you raised with something like 5/6 suited, 7/8 suited, you would have to base your decision off of how the player has played and size of the bet, etc. If the player has been raising a lot and seems to be on tilt, suited connectors play well against over cards typically. Just remember though, that it could put you in a tough spot on the flop and turn if you decide to call a three bet.
When it comes to middle position in tournaments, just don’t get too crazy. If you have a big stack, there’s no big issue with raising suited connectors from middle position, as long as you are able to fold to a three-bet or if the flop comes out looking bad for your hand. It’s especially important to be able to lay down those mediocre hands if you are three-bet in a tournament. You want to build your chip stack and last as long as you can, and risking a larger amount of chips than needed on an average hand like 10/9 suited isn’t the best way to go about that. Now if you are a shorter stack to medium stack (maybe 25-40 big blinds), I’d recommend staying tight from middle position. Your chips are still really valuable, and each chip you gain or lose is big. Short stacks? Just stay away from the mediocre hands, and wait to push something like 8’s, 9’s, 10’s and above or A/K and even A/Q from middle position.
I can’t say it enough about sit-n-go’s, just grind it out. Don’t get cute or fancy from middle position. Wait for your spots in order to get it in with the best hand, even if that means folding something like K/J off suit from middle position. The idea of a sit-n-go isn’t to try to out flop someone to get chips, nor to attempt to get into an early coin flip. The idea is to get late into the sit-n-go with a good amount of chips, and get to work from there on the other players. The most important thing to remember about sit-n-go’s is to let your table mates go as crazy as they want.