Determining a Poker Players’ Style

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Most players are labeled by a style of play that reflects their table image.  Image is everything you have on the Poker table.  Your image is your voice at the table and the perception you want your villain to have of you.  Make it apparent when trying to sell your image.  Show bluffs, show a rivered straight that you chased down, show that you raised with pocket aces.  These are images you are instilling in your opponents minds that set you up for success when involved in your next hand.

What is a Good Image to Portray?

There are several styles to choose from when playing Poker.  We focus on four main Poker styles.  Tight-Passive, Loose-Passive, Tight-Aggressive, Loose-Aggressive, or the occasional Tricky player that doesn’t fit the mold for any and may change their style of play every other hand.  It’s recommended to occasionally change your game to get maximum profit by using one of these images during your next Poker session.   View Poker Tips for Image Improvements.

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Tight-Passive Player

This player will not be involved in too many pots and will often only call with a hand they really love.   It is obvious to point these players out because they play very few hands and tend to raise whenever they do enter a pot.  They have trouble getting paid because of the lack of action they get when involved in the hand.   These players tend to be easier to bluff due to them having a smaller range of cards to put them on.  They really won’t take too many gambles and are usually very predictable.

Loose-Passive Player

These are commonly known as “fun players”.  Loose-Passive players tend to limp in, play a lot of pots, and commonly smooth call raisers.  Their curiosity to see a flop gives them a much larger range of hole cards when playing against them so you have to take that into consideration when a mediocre board comes out.  Many beginners fall into the loose-passive player category and tend to be more stubborn and harder to bluff when they have a piece or even a draw during the hand.  It’s best to avoid a value-bluffing situation when playing these players, more than likely you will get called by marginal hands.  When having a strong hand you shouldn’t have any issue getting maximum value from these eager players.

Tight-Aggressive Players

These players use their position and hands very selectively when going for the kill.  If they happen to be in the hand they are more than likely willing to risk the majority of their stack to win the hand.  These players tend to have more common knowledge of the game and use position, with aggression, to their advantage when involved in a pot.  They’re also very difficult to put a read on when deciding whether to call or fold in big bet situations.  Bluffs are highly likely in their range and will put pressure on opponents with marginal hands.  Be careful when playing these opponents because they are the more skilled than your average player and you shouldn’t be targeting this player when expecting long-term profit against these opponents.

Loose-Aggressive Players

Ever had that player where you just never know what they are raising with?  That is this player and they will raise with any two cards in any position from the table.  They are normally very hard to put a read on and are known for overplaying their hand.  Don’t let losing a large unlucky hand against these player put you on Tilt.  Loose-aggressive players use their chips to their advantage when they get involved in a pot with a seemingly weaker opponent. The pressure will be enforced by these players whether they have it or don’t.  With the range of this opponents hand strength on a hand-to-hand basis, I’m sure these players will not show long-term profit graphs.  You shouldn’t have any issue playing solid cards against these opponents and getting maximum payout by just being patient against these players.  If you find yourself on tilt against these players, Find out How to Be Tilt-Free.


Benefits in knowing your opponents Poker style

Knowing your opponents style of play can pay huge dividends.  Just knowing the basic tendencies of your opponents style can help categorize betting patterns while knowing when to use aggression and when you could be getting trapped is extremely beneficial.  For example, if you are playing against a tight-passive player and they call a 3-4 bet pre-flop you can probably put them on six hands.  (A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, 10-10, A-K) This helps put your villain on a specific hand range. Your personal style of play will label your image on the table in other players eyes.  If you are playing a lot of hands you may be labeled a fun player, show a bluff you may be labeled a donkey, or river a flush after chasing your card you may be labeled a fish.  When creating that image it’s important to recognize your style of play and use that to your advantage.   Remember, the next time your get involved in a hand, odds are that your villain will play against you as if you were replaying the hand before.  Capitalizing on your image and gaining maximum value from your opponent is the true mastery in Poker.

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