The Six Kinds of Poker Players

Like it was already mentioned in the article Psychological Games there are 6 kinds of poker players in my opinion and now we are gonna go in for a closer look.

Fish

These kind of players only look at their own hand. They don’t mind what you are doing unless you are betting against them. If you make a high bet and they have a bad hand then they will fold, but if they have top pair they will call. These kind of poker players nearly never bluff.

Weak-Tight

This players as well are only looking at their own poker hand. However, they will call your bets less often than a Fish would do. Weak-Tight poker players are not willing to lose all their money with top pair unless they think you are a “maniac”. Best way of playing this guys is to bluff at the right spots at the right time.

Policemen        

The Policemen poker player is very much alike the Fish, but he does know the game somewhat better. He thinks in most cases that nobody has the only hand that could possible beat him and therefor he expects everyone else to be bluffing. These kind of poker players will always call you until river.

Tight-Aggressive

This is the poker player we confront on our list who is very tactically skilled. Usually professional poker players are considered Tight-Aggressive. They most likely are more willing to raise your bet, than just simply to call it. It would be better to avoid sitting on the same table as this guys, but if you have to then the best way of playing against them is to vary your poker game as much as possible. Force them to adapt to your rhythm.

Hyper-Aggressive

Hyper Aggressive players love to bet and to raise. It’s very hard to differentiate if they have the best hand, or if they are bluffing. Playing against these guys means to either win a lot of money, or to lose a lot. Actually the only way to play this guys without risking all your buy in is to wait for a very good hand.

Tilt Player    

It doesn’t matter what the real reasons for his acting are, if a poker player is tilt then he is Tilt and you should use that occasion to take all the money he has left on the poker table. Tilt players will try to push even middle strong hands until the end and very often they will go All in as well.

Online and Offline Poker Tells

“Poker tells” are indications or signs that your opponent is showing unknowingly when he has a certain hand (good or bad). Usually those tells are based on psychological indications who can reveal a poker player. Poker tells can be divided into two sections: Online tells and Offline tells.

Online tells

  • In Limit Texas Hold’em a fast call within a board that has flush or straight draw potential can be a good indicator that this player needs one more card.
  • In Limit Texas Hold’em a fast raise after the flop usually is a sign for having top pair.
  • Usually when an online poker player takes himself more time for his next move and then makes a raise it’s less likely that he is bluffing.
  • Somebody who is raising preflop all the time, even with medium strong hands is being on Tilt.

Offline tells

  • If an inexperienced player puts his cards in front of his mouth then this usually means that he has a strong hand.
  • If an poker player is reaching for his drink way too often it’s also a sign of being nervous.
  • If a weak player keeps looking at you, generally it means he is bluffing.
  • Once a poker player starts to count his chips right after the flop, then he likely has a very strong hand.

Poker Table Selection

The selection of the right table is a critical factor in poker. Many new talented poker players try to improve their skills in order to win more often, but the way to greater success lies in choosing the right poker table.

You should sit at a table where you have an advantage over your opponents. No matter how well you play, if you are sitting at a table with Sharks, it’s almost impossible to earn good money. The luck factor and the table fees would shrink the long-term profits.

So the logical conclusion would be that you find players you can beat, but how do you identify such poker players? There are several quick ways to analyze your opponents and see if you should participate in the game:

1. You know your opponent already. If you play in the same casino (online or offline), then you know your opponent after a while. Either you remember them or you’re simply making notes whether they are strong or weak poker player and who you see through the best.

2. Find out how loose or tight the game is. A loose game is a good one, because it has a high flop percentage and people are calling with medium strong hands. A tight game can also be a good one and it can be recognized when there are not many raises. If the players do not bet that much in a very good hand, then they will let you see the cards favorable. Against passive poker players you won’t lose much if you lose and against loose players you will win a lot if you win.

3. Another factor for choosing a table would be the number of fundamental errors a poker player is committing. Assuming you have read most of our poker articles then you should be familiar with basic poker strategies. So if you see people calling preflop with pretty weak hands and then they continue betting with a flush or straight draw on the turn/river without pot odds, then it is definitely the right game for you to join. Players that go along with such bad cards are doomed to lose.

Don’t Rush It

Once you start playing online poker on the Internet, you usually begin at the lower limits. To beat these limits you don’t have to be a poker champion, rather it’s enough to simply outplay your opponents with patience and knowledge. On the other hand to beat poker players on way higher limits it takes a lot more work and effort.

The reason why the lower limits are so simple is that there is no one taking care of your actions, but rather they only look at their own cards. Bad players will keep playing bad, no matter if you are in the pot or not. For those guys other poker players are nearly invisible. So like I said before, for beating these kind of poker players you need a solid poker strategy that will pay off on the long-term. Play tight and don’t try too many bluffs, because amateurs always want to see your cards so they know why they did lose. If you think you have the strongest hand then you have to bet high and always remember to use pot odds.

When it comes down to fool such kind of poker players, then slow playing works very well. Weak poker players very easily think that they have the best hand with hitting top pair on the flop, which of course doesn’t have to be the case. If you know that you have the Nuts then let them see the turn and raise hard at the river.

Concentrate and perfect the selection of starting poker hands. Rely on pot odds if you have to make difficult decisions. Play aggressive if you have the best hand and don’t try any psychological games at these poker limits, because they simply won’t work and nobody is going to throw away his cards for your 5$ raise.

Online Poker Tips

As a poker newbie who wants to start playing online poker most people feel helpless and insecure at the beginning of their poker career. The reason for that should be pretty obvious, since nobody wants to lose his hard earned money for a game that he yet doesn’t even fully understand.

To minimize that risk and to give you a little advantage over other amateur poker player here are some useful online poker tips that will help you:

What do you need at the beginning?

-Poker Basic Knowledge
-Poker Rooms for playing
-Money
-Overview

Poker Basic Knowledge

Most people who want to start playing online poker usually played poker with their friends at home. Be aware that online poker has nothing to do with the game you played with your buddies, since this is all about money and how to win it. You should read these articles first before continuing How to Improve your Poker GameSmall and Big Poker MistakesWhen to quit a Poker SessionDifferent kinds of Poker Players.

Poker Rooms

I will just mention the biggest and most popular rooms for playing, however you can choose any room that suits you:
pokerstars.com, fulltiltpoker.com, 888.com

Money

Of course you need a basic bankroll by what you can play with. I would advise you to start with a lower sum of money, before going for the big game.

Overview

Always keep track about the amount of money you paid in and of course keep record about the amount of money you have won/lost. You have to do this so you don’t lose control. Losing control means absolute chaos for a poker player and that is the last thing we want!

The 3 P. – Professional Poker Player

Many poker players envy the lifestyle of pro poker player. I mean who wouldn’t want to earn a lot of money with the game he loves. Also don’t forget that you determine your own working hours. At first sight you would call it a dream job, but how do you become a professional? You can’t go to college and become one. Actually the case is that you proclaim yourself as a pro. To be honest there are even player who keep losing all the time, but still call themselves professional.

The first obvious reason why somebody would go pro is to make more money than he could earn with a regular job. To ascertain if somebody can make a living just with poker he needs to have documented how long he plays and how much he earns per hour. If he/she over a long period has earned more than he would at his standard job then he might decide to generate his money only through poker.

Now we will discuss the second reason why somebody would go pro.

Another reason for going pro is to have a lot of freedom and to be able to enjoy earning money with the game you love. However the most pro player see their poker career as a temporary job. Only a few actually see themselves earning money with poker for the rest of their lives.

Like anything in our life even this has its downside.

* You won’t get to know many people if you play poker only online

* Even today earning your money this way is in most cases not socially accepted

* After some time the game as your only income will become very monotone

* The pressure to need to win, or you will go broke

My advice is to go semi-professional. You will still earn a lot of money and have fun with the game, but at the same time you will have another source of income and that will take a lot of pressure from you.

How To Pit Against Strong Poker Players

I already mentioned in the Table Selection article that you need to watch out against who you actually play and that you need to look for weaker player. However, if you are by some circumstances compelled to face strong and experienced poker players then this post will show you some tactics that you can use.

A very good way to confuse your opponents is to constantly vary your game. This means that if the other players start to believe that you bluff a lot, then you bluff lesser. And when the other guys start to think that you are very conservative, then you start playing more aggressive.

Like you can see from this example the main point is to irritate your opponents as much as possible, but when exactly is this strategy most efficient? I would say for No Limit poker with 5 or less players and also the stacks need to be large enough so you could successfully bluff at the turn or river. Once you are familiarize with this change of poker game style, your opponents will have serious trouble to find out when you are actually changing the pace! So my advice is to practice a lot.

Important Keys For Poker Success

To have success in poker over a considerable time you need to be able to handle the most important skills. These are as follows:

Calculations

A good poker player knows the importance of percentages. They know that you have nine outs if you need one more diamond for a flush on the river. Also a solid poker player needs to know how to calculate pot odds, because the outs are irrelevant unless they are compiled into useful betting. It is never wrong to check the pot odds once you know that you have a x% chance of hitting something.

Position

One of the most important things that separates a good from a bad poker player is that the solid player is always trying to find a way to put himself in a better position. This could be achieved with swift changes of pace.

Various game styles demand different kinds of poker players. A good No Limit player doesn’t have to be a good Limit player.

Also an excellent player does know when to quit the game. Be it because he has a bad day or maybe even because he is on Tilt.

Basic Omaha Poker Strategy

Here we will cover the basics of Omaha poker and some simple guides you can follow for more success in this poker variation.

Starting Hands

The starting hands in Omaha can already implicate how much potential your hand has to make several strong combinations. For example King (diamond), Queen (heart), Jack (heart) and 10 (diamond) is a great starting hand since it gives you a lot of options for strong hands. Such a card combination enables you to have three Straight Flush, also Royal Flush and many other strong hands.

The Flop

Once the flop appears you need to know which hand you are going after. Be aware of your cards strength and if you are “well-placed” you need to bet high.

Turn and River

Omaha is that kind of game where the most crucial decisions are being made on the turn or river. Just because you had the strongest hand on the flop it doesn’t mean you will have it at the river as well. In other words for having success in Omaha poker you need to know how to play the turn optimal.

How to Play High Pairs Preflop

Having high pairs at the beginning of the game is always good because most often these high pairs are enough to win the round without seeking any new combinations. But you should be aware that high pairs are not that often and odds are lower if we go higher.

In order to understand the importance of high pairs think about this – what are the most often cards that you keep in your hand waiting for a match? The answer of course is high cards.

Even though high pairs give you an advantage it is always wise to play these pairs adequately prior to getting to the top. Keep in mind that you can choose where, when and how you play high pairs. In case you are looking for steady money play them under your own conditions. There are several things that you should consider how to play with high pairs.

A standard play would be raising and when we talk about the sizing it really depends on the game and the players involved. Are there any limpers? If the answer is “yes” then you can raise one more time. Feel free to size 2x or even 3x if the game is right. There are several reasons for the raising – you’ve got strong pairs (sometimes even Aces), of course you want to narrow the field and start building the pot as soon as possible.

Let’s explain this with an example. In case you have high pairs in the preflop, let’s say a pair of queens, and a higher card is on the table after the flop (a king for example), it is highly possible that someone on the table has a pair of kings and of course this is connected with how many players have paid the preflop.  However you must be aware that sometimes you will have to fold even though you had high pairs in the preflop. This is always hard especially for the amateurs because they think they can win the game because they have been lucky at the start. This is very wrong and can lead to foolish actions that can cost you a lot.

Try to determine what the flop means to you and what does it mean to your rivals by evaluating the cards and their reactions of course. If you believe that the flop has been good for some of your opponents don’t be disappointed and fold. But if you think that the flop has brought you an advantage over the other players play a bet and try to take other players out of the game, especially those who try to get a better hand than you. Sometimes when you are waiting for one card to get flush or straight it is good to play check on the flop. A completely free card that can solve all your doubts is more than welcome. In case you have the strongest hand possible play check or call. In this way you can keep your opponents in the game and not scare them off.

These are few things that you can do when you have high pairs in the preflop, so be wise and use your good starting position.