In poker, there are two main lines that define players, and each axis has two options. One is passive/aggressive and one is tight/loose.
The first axis describes how the cards are played, and the second axis describes the number of cards. Let’s see which of these four options best suits our personality and style. This sketch defines the corner cases for understanding each axis:
You play with few hands and with a weak in a speculative manner. This combination is the least effective and least recommended in the long run. These players only enter with strong hands (pairs, pieces of the same color) and are almost always passive. Their raise involves a pair of kings or aces. They’re easy to read and shout a lot. Because they only play a few hands, their winnings rarely outweigh their losses from blinds and misdraws. We could call them “shy ones” and in order to take advantage of them we need to be aggressive, steal their blinds, and know how to fold when they show never-ending strength based on their bets.
Here we can define this style as a less advanced style, but not with more disadvantages because of it style of. These are the guys we insult when we river a straight or close out with 2/7s and then flop three 7s. They often see hands that others don’t, ignore the money lost when calling and raising, and fail to maximize when leading. We can call them “rookies” or “calling stations” and in order to take advantage of them we need to get them heads up, get them to play good hands, use top ranges and take advantage of the flop. These players usually don’t understand slowplay, are skeptical about calculating pot odds, view dubious plays as heroes, and don’t have much theoretical knowledge.
Almost all colleges The most recommended style requires some learning experience to refine, but in the long run, the price paid is the greatest. They rarely play, and when they do, they keep playing. Their raises indicate good hands, but their vocabulary also includes raises with variables such as image changes, blind steals, and tight hands. Their range is much narrower than the others, and they are the most feared when they raise. We can call them “The Rocks” and to take advantage of them we have to have a good meta game or level, spend a lot of time assimilating with them, steal their blinds, and raise at the right moment when they show At high levels, fold. Strength level: Scared of his all-in.
Examples: Dan Harrington, Phil Hellmuth.
A provocative style that works like a pendulum: it can bring big wins, It can also cause heavy losses. These players have the highest level of bluffing, have a longer range, and are harder to read because when they have good hands, they mask their aggressive play and polarize their play. Your c-bet can also be interpreted as an indicator of strength or stealing. Your aggressive betting will have the positive effect of forcing a fold; but when they get caught in a better hand, all their hard work goes down the drain. We could call them “lunatics” and the most effective way to beat them is with good hands against them; I hope the poker gods smile at us and react to their aggression to a higher degree.
Examples: Viktor Blom, Fedor Holz.
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