SELECT YOUR OPPONENTS

I – WHY SELECT OPPONENTS?

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Know how to give his opponent a profile is essential when you sit around a table. Poker, unlike gambling, you do not confront the casino but people. Your winnings depend on your ability to be better than your opponents . It is therefore important to know who you’re playing against.

If visual cues can be tangible items (clothing, attitudes live, chat and online avatar), most is not. At this poker cards are speaking : game lines, bet sequences, historical between players, etc..

It is much too simplistic to reduce poker players into two categories: the good and the bad, the sharks and fishs . Firstly because the fish is always someone. And mainly because that there are different ways to be a bad player . It is your ability to fully exploit the weaknesses of your opponents that you will one day win. When you play up your bankroll small limits you to look to face easy opponents. Luckily they are legion. Having reads specific about different players, or take notes is not necessary. The level is too low.

In summary
In poker it is always trying to compete against players on which we have a edge . It is much easier to extract them the value . Tackling stronger than itself is not profitable for your bankroll .

 

II – MAJOR SIGNS 

There are two frames of reference to categorize your opponents. How they bet? A ) And what frequencies they fit in one hand? B )

A – LIABILITIES AND PLAYERS PLAYERS AGGRESSIVE

This distinction is based on how a player development .

A passive player has a tendency to checker in all weathers. Follower of call rather than raise , he plays his draws passively. It reacts more often than it is.It has a particular propensity to get prints at least doubtful, without showing any sign of aggression. There are almost never attack leaving it to others to take the initiative.

Just the opposite of the player aggro it will not hesitate to take the initiative. It will build, restart, restart-on ever to test you. Adept raise more than the call, it sets the pace at the table when in a coup.

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B – PLAYERS LOOSE AND TIGHT PLAYERS

This dichotomy is based on the number of hands played .

A large loose player / plays a maximum of hands. It is not great looking on the strength of their starting hands. Result is often dominated post flop. It has to follow some questionable play and prints garbage propensity.

A tight player / tight will meanwhile pickier about the quality of starting hands and the position at which they play. It will fit in a shot only if he believes have a reasonable chance of winning the pot. Remember this adage filled with wisdom: “Tight is right” .

 

III – THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF PLAYERS

Now see each player profile, their characteristics and weapons to counter them. On this last point there is a simple rule: the principle of opposites .Faced with a loose player, you have to be tight. Faced with a tight player, you can be more loose. Adaptation is the key to winning game.

A – PROFILES AGGRESSIVE

If all good poker players are aggressive around the tables, the reverse is not true for all.

1. = TAG = tight aggressive tight aggressive players

Not only gamer profile does not fit into the shots with good hands but the more they play offensively to maximize its gains. They take a lot of initiatives and are not afraid to risk a big part of their carpets at certain times of the game is the benchmark among styles of play because it is simply the winning game .

Their only weakness is that they remain legible and therefore exploitable. However you should avoid confronting, these are not your opponents. Know the spot to dodge better.

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2. LAG = loose aggressive

They seek action, and rely constantly try to intimidate other players.

It is very difficult to determine if they really have a good hand. We can nevertheless say that given the number of shots in which they are involved, their range of hands that has no monsters …

If this style is the winner among professionals know and small game limits, there is no good LAG. This profile requires hard work and knowledge to master.

How to counter them? Focus on the strength of your cards and wait for the turn Opt for slow play or check-raise . The bluff Induce is also a formidable weapon: the game LAG involves a lot of aggression to win a pot before the showdown . Leave your opponent believe that your game is weak, it will swell the pot alone to build strength.

3. Maniacs The

They consider not as a poker game where strategy and reflection premium but as a way to show the rest of the world (or at least table) they have “the biggest” . No matter if it will cost them dearly on arrival. Obviously it can be tempting to go in this game to prove that really, no you’re not a wimp. But thinking better to leave them the illusion that they prevail on the table, they dictate their every whim. It is more profitable for your curve gains.

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Attention, maniac is often a compulsive act, which can not control his emotions. Some however have a solid foundation of understanding of the game and you may surprise some shots by the quality of their move – especially with hero call .  

Here’s what to do:

• Never try to bluff, they calleront all the time because they hate being just bluffing. 
• Push again to cause more bluffs. 
• Do not hesitate to do so in the chambering gently to thicken the sauce.

B – LIABILITIES

We could call this part the “fearful” . These two categories of players possess the knowledge, skills some. What makes their profiles more difficult to identify at first. However, you will discover that they use the button fold as an escape when the aggressive play of their opponents put them in trouble.

1. The Rock or liability tight

Player is prudent if it establishes a rigorous selection of starting hands, hence the tight side. It was after that spoils: he plays passively, without risking his chips. In general, they just follow (call) an opening (bet) but dare not raise (raise). This type of game is not lost, because the losses are minimized.No doubt prints, predictable game. However it is far from maximizing its gains. When all stimulus shelter, it “hides” a monster.

• Attack their blinds as soon as possible, even with an average hand 
• If they follow a raise before the flop, you can almost always make a continuation bet , they will fold most of the time. 
• Ignore it when they take the initiative aggressively.

2. The nits

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A little less extreme variant of rock, they keep a strong penchant for the fold button. More aggressive pre-flop continuation bet if they followed they lose the initiative, if the turn does not allow them to improve their starting hands.Need to be aggressive against this type of player. Finally, in the first instance. It will be possible to pull through against their pot if missed draws. The float is also a very good weapon, even if it remains difficult move to master at first.

Sometimes you hear talk of players weak-tight to describe them.

C – BAD PLAYERS

Incorrigible losers around the table, they are a guarantee of your success. Do not waste your time and energy trying to understand their approach to the game, it remains an insoluble mystery of the universe.

1. The calling station = large passive

They play countless hands callent everything and anything. Passive behavior and losing. Even with good hands, they simply follow instead of open, better.

In the case of Good run , this type of player can be particularly irritating. Concentrate instead on the following points:

• Do not bluff never a calling station. 
• If you have a hand, bet. 
• Play your draws passively, the calling station willingly offer free maps. 
• Conversely made ​​them pay their prints at a high price when you’re ahead. They will win pots from time to time with marginal hands but do not forget that the odds long term will be cruel to them.   
• In general, when calling station becomes active, it is a monster. 
• Stay zen if in vein. Do not try to punish them by taking things personally.

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2. The donks

Abbreviation donkey, donkey. A player who thinks he knows play but does not know anything about the current tables.The kind of player who explains how he plays and has an opinion on everything. As Dirty Harry said so well: “Reviews are like … everyone has one. 

They can be quite whimsical and following the statement of earnings of their session pass decalling station maniac.Again trust your game and your cards without too much worry about their state of mind. TAG game is the best way to beat them.

Summary
• To mount your bankroll quickly you can succeed only choose your start opponents. • Consider the bad players as clients. • You now know that look.

IV – FURTHER

Fit is the secret of success . To explore the theme we will briefly address three topics. Important as they are not necessary if you play lower limits of the control to 100%. Note that for each point there is a blank. Pages and pages of them could be consecrated.

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A – STATISTICS

Our glossary presents the main indicators ( VPIP , PFR , WTS …). The more you learn quickly to play with a tracker (a software that store encrypted data) plus it will be easy to master this tool. However, the key lies in the mastery of basic concepts of the game  

B – TAKING NOTE

Next step, which allows you to refine your reading players you meet regularly at the tables. Note sequences bet, history between you establish a color code according to the level, etc.. You decide when the time investment is worth it. But again from a certain level it is an indispensable tool.
C – SELECTION TABLES

We go to dwell on this point because it is too often overlooked. You can not and just jump into any part hoping it will be good feet. There are weaker than other tables. It is the latter you need to sit. Here are some clues to find them.

  • Watch the viewed flop percentage

This is a numerical data displayed in the lobby of the rooms. In general, the number of players who see the flop, the more money there is in games, and more players are passive ( limp , fold …).  

  • Search players who are not full stack , playing with less than 100 big blinds

A regular player will still function auto-rebuy enabled (also called carpet max) for the simple reason that it will never lose an opportunity to double up.

  • Trust your notes

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Identify players that you know and who you think you have the upper hand, have an edge.

  • Reassess the level of your table

Play only the good tables implies to recognize when they are no longer profitable. During a session the players come and go, remember to take this into account.

  • Some times are more profitable than others

Players present in the morning are often scheduled. The evening is traditionally reserved for recreational players. This criterion also applies to you: what time of day are you able to play your best poker? When you realize your best sessions?

Often overlooked, the selection of tables is crucial to push up your curve gains, without much effort.

 

V – CONCLUSION

 

You must keep in mind that this grid is obviously schematic presentation. A good poker player knows refine its judgment based on information he acquired over his opponent. Some players evolve, progress change playing style and class. Others will also examine and adjust their game according to your profile! This is the beginning of what is called the metagame .

“Never teach a fish” - “Do not learn anything about bad actors”
Keep in mind this maxim. The temptation is great after losing a big pot to explain the reasoning to follow, why this time will be lost if replayed, etc..First the fish is often what to do. Secondly if you want to keep the advantage over these players and continue to extract them to the value, keep them in ignorance you will.