How to Win at Poker by Recognizing Poker Player Types
Saturday, 17. December 2011

Everyone plays poker for a different reason, and despite the stereotypes, poker draws all types of people. Once people sit down to a game, though, poker players tend to play in specific ways. If you can learn to spot these player styles in poker, you can improve your chances of winning:

The very timid player: The very timid poker player is concerned about playing by the rules and playing in a way that minimizes loss. This type of player is quick to fold with a weak hand and will rarely raise or re-raise. This type of player may not bluff very often, preferring very strong hands to lay down larger bets. This style of conservative play may ensure that a player will not bet over their head, but this style also almost ensures few big wins. A player who is very timid may simply be too predictable. Since a player who is naturally conservative will often only raise when they have a great hand, any raise will cause good players to fold, leaving the timid player with a very small pot. On the plus side, a very timid player will also often end up winning many pots - albeit smaller ones -= in the long run because of their careful plays.

The slow but persistent player: This type of player plays every hand, regardless of the hand dealt. Although this player tends not to raise or ra-raise many bets, they will often remain in the game even after it is apparent that there is no hope of winning. This means that this type of player rarely wins and contributes to the pot often. There is not reason to call this player’s bluff, but it is also a good idea not to believe that just because this player is still playing that they have a good hand. Sometimes, this type of player will win simply because he or she is willing to outlast all other players.

The random fast player: The fast player will bet and raise seemingly at random, playing lots of cards aggressively. This sort of player will often lose and gain chips very quickly as he or she will make seemingly random decisions about cards. Although this type of player will sometimes find themselves in luck, in the long term this player will lose a lot of games and will tend to lose large because of a willingness to raise and reraise even on weak hands. It is good to spot this type of player right away at a table, as you can often win simply by calling the player’s bluff.

The good player: Perhaps most rare at poker tables, the good player is what every beginner player wants to be. The good player plays by the cards and by what other player’s reveal about their own hands. That means that the good player will make logical and reasonable decisions based on odds and possible outcomes, rather than betting blindly. In many cases, the good player will fold a weak hand or play aggressively on a good hand. However, the good player will also vary their strategy and occasionally bluff to make sure that his or her style of playing is not becoming predictable. In most cases, the good player wins in the long run, making money off weaker players or players who simply cannot be bothered to learn the rules of the game or to pay attention to a poker game.

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