How to play poker while analyzing your opponents (1/2)

poker-bluffThe classification of the different types of poker players was made after our team slowly analyzed the patterns of behavior that players develop against certain types of situations that arise in the game. Good poker players have to be able to analyze the game of opponents and accordingly, adapt their game to their opponent’s strategy. In this first part of how to play poker reading opponents, we will share the importance of this analysis. There are millions of poker players as there are millions of online poker sites, so when trying to profile a player it is imperative to take into consideration certain aspects:

Knowing the general style of play of opponents: tight / aggressive, tight / passive, loose / aggressive, loose / passive, etc…

(Rather than giving you the tools to analyze how to obtain this information, since there are many methods we can use to observe and classify-rivals, the analysis will focus on the reasons why it is important to be able to analyze this information about the opponents and how can it improve your experience)

Knowing your Opponents is the Key

If you know the cards that several players tend to play, and from what position they do play them, you already have the basis to meet your rivals. You can hardly classify a player as tight / aggressive if you give no attention whatsoever to the type of cards he tends to play and in what form. We must look and be aware of the cards that these players tend to retire, and from what positions they do. Once you have a rough idea of ​​the trends tight / loose, it will be easier to make decisions to the various situations that arise during the game.

This type of information is very useful after the flop. Suppose there are three players, including us (we are representing the third player). In the case the flop comes 7-3-6 and no color options. One of the players is very tight, and has shown that he will usually only play good cards while the other player play style is very loose, and has a tendency to see the flop indiscriminately. We J, J covered, and we have not raised (up) pre-flop. The tight player is in first position and has endured to see the flop. In this case we have to worry over loose player. Although we have a couple of J, we have to proceed very cautiously, because the loose player could have seen the flop with a 4, 5 or similar. If we only remain on the table with the tight player, it would be advisable to attack ruthlessly, unless there were obvious indicators to the contrary. With the loose player it is recommended to better be careful because it could give you an unpleasant surprise. Loose players are the ones that offer the most unpredictable results.

Types of Bluff(ers)

Knowing if a player tends to bluff often, and in what circumstances is also useful. While playing poker, you will constantly find players who love bluffing in a systematic manner. Forget any notion of how to play poker; they will bluff to the end. Some do it simply by adrenaline, others to steal the blinds, or some a little bit more cunning, do it to create a gamer picture loose / aggressive in the table and change it later, therefore creating confusion. In principle, the most appropriate context for the bluff is when we are in very tight tables and totally predictable.

In the next part we will share some knowledge on the different profiles poker players can show on the table, so keep in touch.


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