Types of Players in Poker

Hey guys, this is Goku and today we are gonna
be talking about the player types in poker.
We’ll distinguish 4 specific types and we
will talk about how to recognize them on the
poker table.
Knowing what kind of a player your opponent
is will allow you to play better against him.
So lets get right into it.
So how do we distiguish player types?
Well, we look at 2 factors: how many hands
they play and how they play it.
So when a player plays a lot of hands we will
tag him as a loose player and on the other
hand if he only plays a few hands we will
say he is a tight player.
The second factor we analyse is how he plays
his hands, whether he plays them aggressively
or passively.
Playing aggressively means to bet and raise
most of the time, and seldom just call or
check, whilst playing passively means to check
and call most of the time, and rarely bet
and raise.
So when we combine these 2 factors we can
distiguish 4 player types which are Loose
Aggressive, Tight Aggressive, Loose Passive
and Tight Passive.
Lets first consider the tight aggressive player
type as this is the type you will become if
you follow this course.
Tight Aggressive also known as TAG is a player
who carefully chooses the cards which he enters
the pot with and when he plays the hand he
almost always plays it aggressively.
In the long run he makes the biggest profit
and his swings are the lowest of all the player
How to play against a tight aggressive player?
First of all you always want to have a position
over him.
Preflop when he opens the pot from middle
or late positions you never want to just call
his raise, you always want to 3bet him which
means reraise.
He will fold a lot of his range to a 3bet
and when he calls or raises you’ll be able
to put him on a very accurate range of hands,
as he will only do that with with the top
of his range.
On the flop most of the time he will put a
continuation bet if he was the preflop aggressor
so a good way to counter that is to often
raise him on the flop.
You want to play only strong hands against
a TAG, but if the price is right it is often
profitable to try and hit the flop with small
pocket pairs or suited connectors.
Suited connectors are two cards of the same
suit in sequential order for example 45 of
hearts or 78 or spades.
You are looking to hit a set or a straigth
or a flush so that you can take all his money
when he hits his top pair or has an overpair.
Next lets talk about loose aggresive players
also knows as lags.
Well this is a player who will play a lot
of hands and he will bet and raise a lot.
This is a player that is the toughest to play
Since his range is really wide you should
play tight against him.
Top pair will often be enough to win the pot,
but you should play passive against this type
of player.
He loves aggression and a lot of the time
he just doesn’t hit anything so you want him
to keep on trying to push you off the hand.
Also you want to play passive to keep the
pot small unless your hand is really strong,
but if you’re only holding the top pair and
you let the pot get big, you will be facing
a very hard decision on the river when he
shoves all in.
LAGs are also the players who you don’t want
to often bluff as it will be almost impossible
to get them to fold with just one bet and
they will fight hard for every pot.
Next we have a tight passive player which
is really easy to play against, he doesn’t
play many hands and when he plays them he
almost always plays passively.
So you want to play a pretty wide range against
him and you want to play it aggressively.
He will almost always fold to a bet if he
doesn’t have a decent hand so you want to
bet a lot.
You wanna play a wide range, because you are
looking to hit a good hand on the flop and
make him pay you off.
Beware when they raise you, its often a sign
of a very strong hand.
On the other hand if you hit a big hand you
want to bet big on every street and never slow play
Lastly we have a loose passive player, which
is also very easy to play against.
He plays almost any two cards and almost always
checks or just calls.
You should never bluff this player, because
he might call all your bets with just a high
card or a third pair.
Basically what you wanna do is have a solid
hand against them and bet big on every street
to allow them to pay you off.
These players are called calling stations
for a reason.
Also, you wanna be careful when they raise
you, as most of the time it’ll mean that they
hit their hand.
You could also take advantage of their passiveness
and when you hit a weak hand like a second
pair you could bet small to get some value
for it as he will often call small bets with
weaker hands like overcards and draws.
So we’ve talked about the player types and
now you know how to recognize which type a
specific player is.
You pay attention to how many hands a player
plays or how loose or tight they are and you
pay attention to how they play their hands
or how passive or aggressive they are.
It is a simple classification, but it allows
you to optimize your play against your opponents.
thank you so much for watching and congratulations!
you are now one step closer to becoming an
awesome poker player
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you should know that it is very important
that you put the knowledge you have acquired
into practice
this course will teach you all you need to
know in order to beat the small stakes games,
but you gotta practice
you have to get comfortable playing poker,
you have to learn these fundamentals by heart.
I cannot stress that enough, you will only
get better if you practice
even 15 mintues a day will do wonders for your game in the long term
so have fun playing and I wish you all good
See you in the next lesson!

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