Extreme player types in poker
Even for comparable game situations there is no magic recipe for poker, because much more than just the cards has influence. For example, the stack size, because you behave differently against a very large stack, as against a small stack. Or the position at the table, eg.because you will look at the flop from a later position with a wider range than from UTG, or because you assign a different range of possible hands to the opponent from which position he plays the current hand.
Unfortunately, we only ever see our own hand and board cards when playing poker, and rarely the hand of the opponent at the showdown. Nevertheless, there are always small clues that show us how the opponent is on it. In order to process these clues, we should first look at the possible extremes so that we can name and remember each one. We pay close attention to how often each opponent takes part in the game and how passive or aggressive he behaves when he is in the game.
The following 4 extreme player types are available:
- The tight-passive player – Tight, because he rarely participates in one hand and passive because even then the action hardly emanates from him. The word Tight is narrow in English and is used here because its range is so narrow the range of hands with which it participates in one hand. Such a player is also called a rock, so a rock. Where other players are tempted to play one or the other marginal hand, the rock stays firm. He folds one hand after the other and only participates with the best starting cards in the game. Because the rock so rarely plays along, it may be barely true. Maybe you even overlook him at the table and make the mistake of wanting to mess with him, if he actually takes part in one hand. If you recognized Rock as such and know that he folds almost everything, then of course you can make great use of it by often bluffing him and stealing his blinds. Attention! If the skirt is bedding or raising, then you’re probably behind!
- The loose-passive player – Loose, because he participates in almost every hand, even with bad starting cards. This type of player is also called a calling station. Such a person rarely sits because of the money at the poker table, but rather because of social contacts. Beds, raising or even bluffing would be rude and that’s why you barely see him. With a good hand you can get paid out of it quite reliably. Bluffing makes little sense, because he pays almost every bet anyway.
- The loose-aggressive player – This style of play looks a bit crazy and that’s why it’s called the maniac. The maniac raises, reraises and pushes with hands that we would not even participate in the hand. Because the maniac is so fierce, he usually loses fast and lots of money. But if he actually has a strong hand, he can also win a very big pot, because you do not trust him with a strong hand.
- The tight-aggressive player – This style of spillover is the strongest and most profitable, because someone only plays promising hands and this one so that as much money as possible is won. If this player does not see himself in advantage, he will fold, no matter how nice his starting hand might look like. If this player sees himself in front, he will attack mercilessly. This behavior reminds us of a shark (the shark), who quietly pulls his tracks … and (when appropriate opportunity) suddenly turns into a raging beast. Almost all good poker players belong in this category. You really do not want to mess with this opponent.
It’s important to know that these 4 types of players are just extremes. Your opponents at the tables will not behave exactly like that, but always tend in one or two of these directions. Watch your opponents at the table and try to figure out how they tick, then adapt your game to their idiosyncrasies.