Loose-passive, loose-aggressive, tight-aggressive and tight-passive .These are the four basic types of poker player.Soon, within each one of these types, there are different gradations;for example, in the most extreme point of the loose-aggressive phantom, we found to the "maníac", player who not only goes to most of hands, but that also does raises all along, practically without considering the carts that take.But in this article I will be centered in commenting the typical characters of each group of players.
All the poker players we have a natural tendency to play of a certain way.To most of players, its natural tendency will make them lose money, since few will play too much too many hands or, of too aggressive or too passive form.Nevertheless, with a little effort all we can learn to play with a winning style.
It is important that we identify which is our natural tendency;that one will be the first step to correct our errors.It is important also that we recognize the style of the players who feel to our table;thus we will be able we marched if altogether they are too good, or to have left and to operate its defects if they are loose players.
The player loose-passive goes to many hands pre-flop long ago and call post-flop.He has a tremendous necessity to participate in the maximum possible number of hands, and often he holds until the end without having the minimum possibility of winning.It is not necessary to say that the players loose-liabilities, also known like "calling stations", feel a total indifference towards odds that offers the boat.
The players of this group play with purely recreational aims and are losing regulars.As it is easy to deduce, they are the type of players that more interests to us to have in our table.Against them the lights are not, and is safe that periodically they will provide bad beats to us odiosos, but if an tight-aggressive player plays the sufficient number of hands with them, will finish inevitably pocketing its money.
What we must do if our natural tendency is to play of loose-passive formTwo things.To play less hands, and to play the hands in which we are favorite to win of more aggressive form.Of these two things, more important are last, because although there are players who win playing loose (mainly in no-limit), do not exist players who win playing of passive form.The passivity in poker is incompatible with the winning game.Therefore, is to do less more calls and raises.
When playing against loose-liabilities we must abstain from farolear and never to do slow-play when we have a good hand, since we know that they will do call to us with any thing.When they do raise to us, we must retire unless we have a good play, since surely that they have it. The room of poker with more affluence of players loose-liabilities is Pacific Poker
The loose-aggressive player goes to many hands and he plays them of aggressive form.Re-raises usually does many and many lights.Although most of these players it loses in the long term, are dangerous players, mainly those that have under control the slope loose of their game.In matches of Hold'em without limit, if the luck is to them propitious accumulate cards quickly and they become the dominant forces of the table that occupy.In money games he is less uncomfortable to play against them (mainly because blinds does not raise and it is possible to be hoped to have a good play to catch them).
Due to the amount of hands that play and the aggressiveness with which they play them, the advantage that has these players is that they receive a pile of action when they bind good plays.That causes that when has a gust of wind of good hands, usually they accumulate great amounts of money.Normally, when an tight-aggressive player loses much money in a session, most of that money finishes in the hands of an loose-aggressive player.Allan Schoomaker, the psychiatrist of the poker, maintains in his book, "The Psychology of Poker", that the loose-aggressive players have protagonism eagerness and a great necessity of action.And really, they obtain numerous doses of both.
If our natural tendency is the one to play of loose-aggressive form, we must make an effort in reducing the number to us of hands that we played, discarding mainly hands suited sweepings J5s type and others with negative expectation, going to less raises pre-flop with hands that can be dominated (AJ, KQ… , and to learn to retire to us when it is evident that another one has better play.
When facing to us against an loose-aggressive player we must reduce our requirements at the time of valuing the plays with which we continued post-flop, since we know that often this type of player goes without anything or with very not much.Also we must do raise with less good plays that customary (mainly in river), but however we must dose the lights.Is good to be seated to left of player that is very loose-aggressive, since therefore it we can "isolate" when pre-flop does raise, with hands like A-10, for example;clear that for this the rest of the table must allow us (if they play well, will occur to account of which we are doing and they will do re-raises frequently to us).
The players of this group, also known like "rocks" (rocks), play few hands and they play them of passive form.They only bet strong when they are safe to have the best hand, which causes that their gains are small in many of the hands that win.One of the disadvantages to play thus is that the rivals who are kind notice when these players have a great play and can retire without incurring greater losses.The player tight-liabilities gives little action and, consequently, he receives little action.
Normally, the player tight-liabilities does not undergo abrupt variations of bankroll.The graph of its monetary evolution draws smooth but maintained a pending one.The sessions in which they win to the great thing are very sporadic.The other players have difficult to take a good portion to them of his stack, but it is still more difficult to lose much money with them.
In order to improve their game, the players of this group must lose the fear to bet.They must be made to the idea that making money in a poker hand usually it is not necessary to take nuts, but simply have a positive expectation.
When we play with tight-liabilities in the table, to have it to our left is the suitable thing, that way him we will be able to rob the blind people with all impunity.In flop we can gain the boat betting (mainly if they leave low letters), but if it does call to us and we did not take anything we must think about resigning to continue betting in turn.Of course, we must yield before the most mini sample of aggression on the part of one of these players (this is, if we did not take to a hand the quite good thing as to win at the hand with which it can be raising).If it is arrived at showdown with tight-liabilities usually he is better to do check if we spoke first, unless we have a play better than the play with which he us can do call.
Its game is selective and bet with force when they take those to win.Most of players who follow this style has learned to play thus, since he is not habitual to play with control of spontaneous way.A good tight-aggressive player considers odds of the implicit boat and odds when he goes to a hand with a play project, makes re-raises to protect his hands in front of several players and chooses acertadamente the moments to do slowplay, to rob the blind people and to farolear (he is possible to indicate that all the tight-aggressive players are not good). Of course, he is the group of players more difficult to beat, reason why if we were in a table with several of them, the best thing than we can do is to raise to us and to leave another one occupies our seat.He is the group of players to whom we must aspire to belong, mainly if we played limit Hold'em (as we know, the best players of the world of no-limit Hold'em are loose-aggressive, but to reach that level is difficult task).
When we play against them agrees that we study its game and we try to detect patterns of bets.There are players who never do check-raise of light, for example.There are players who always or almost always that does raise in turn take the winning play (and consequently them fold can be done).When the individual style is known an tight-aggressive player, it is easy to read his game.To, less sure than he frequently varies his behavior as opposed to the same type of play, in which case we will be dealing with a player tricky.
Tricky versus straightforward (deceptive style against direct style)
Independently of the group to which he belongs, the player tricky makes plays unexpected and varies his game;sometimes bet with force when it has a mediocre play sometimes and tends traps with its better hands, which turns it an opponent difficult to guess.Most of players tricky belongs to the types loose-aggressive and tight-aggressive.To play of deceptive form is indispensable in games short-handed (with 3-5 players), but in games full Ring of low-limit can be won without using too many of fingimiento tactics.
The player straightforward uses a direct style and usually he does not vary its game to disorient the adversaries.That turns it a player easy to read.
Tight/Loose and Loose/Tight
There are players who are loose pre-flop and however play tight post-flop;and the other way around, there are players who play tight pre-flop, but that when it leaves flop no longer knows to retire.In the low levels they are not scarce the tight-aggressive players who are loose post-flop;these players fight by each boat and they never do fold with AK, which in the long run ends up to them being expensive.
Well enjoy the post and who type of player are you?
Joined: Jan '08
Age: 42 (M)
True, I play mostly ring games. I´m not much of a pre-game observer, like some people who will watch the table for awhile before joining. I like to take my seat and take it on from there! In tourneys for me is a different story, at different levels in the tournament you need to change aswell.
Joined: Jan '08
Age: 36 (M)
yea i would agree my style varies with who im playin.. the table... the cards... a whole bunch of factors.. i dont think being 1 style is very good... mayb at the beginning when your ettin the hang of the game..
Joined: Jan '08
Age: 45 (M)
If anyone is interested in theory stuff i highly recomend reading the Doyle Brunsons "Super system". I`ve read the first sequel and started reading second but i think that first one is more into the game itself than second (my opinion). Dont know when i will continue reading second stopped very early in pages. Good idea to post this.
Joined: Jan '08
Age: 42 (M)
Wow, hey... welcome to the crazy, wild and strangely miserable world of poker! Where anything goes, dreams come true in a second, just to fall apart the next. Where dog eats dog, shark eats shark, and fish have a blast before they commit suicide! Welcome to the sport where grown man cry like babies, and young teens look like grown man! Welcom to the sport that I love.. good luck
Joined: Oct '07
Age: 39 (M)
Posted by thefodz: Wow, hey... welcome to the crazy, wild and strangely miserable world of poker! Where anything goes, dreams come true in a second, just to fall apart the next. Where dog eats dog, shark eats shark, and fish have a blast before they commit suicide! Welcome to the sport where grown man cry like babies, and young teens look like grown man! Welcom to the sport that I love.. good luck
Very well said dude I'm cool, Im better than you. I make you feel bad so I can sleep at night. I pray on the misfortune of others only to make myself better. My belief in myself blinds me to the reality that is true. I do wrong, but insists i'm right.