It is Monday and we are back with another poker term! The term Under the Gun (UTG) is a player who sits in the first-to-act position. It is the position immediately to the left of the big blind, pre-flop, and to the left of the button for subsequent betting rounds in flop games like Texas hold’em and Omaha poker.
The player who acts first in the betting round can be used to describe any player who is first to act, regardless of their exact position. Under the Gun in short, describes the position at the table which acts first on the initial betting round. While it may be used for other formats, it is most commonly used to describe poker variants with a dealer button.
The exact position of UTG will depend on the number of players at the table. For example, in a 6-max game, the UTG position is to the direct right of the Hijack, sometimes referred to as the Lojack. Lojack is essentially same as first to act player. In a 5-handed game, the UTG position is the same as the Hijack position (two positions counterclockwise) etc. Here’s a video by Howcast about how Under the Gun position works:
UTG is generally considered the worst position at the table among players. The player is forced to act without having any indication on the types of hands the players after them might play. The exact strength of the range will depend on how many players are at the table. The more players seated, the worse the UTG position gets. It is typically used to designate the early positions at a poker table, but it in other words, on a 3-handed Hold’em table, the button could also be considered as the ‘under the gun’.