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4 Common Poker Player Types & How to Beat Them (Video)
As a beginner one of the most important things to learn is that you can't use the same poker strategy against every single one of your opponents.
Different opponents use different strategies and the faster you can profile them and adjust your strategy to exploit their weaknesses, the faster you'll become a winning player yourself.
In the fifth and final episode of How Not to Suck at PLO we break down the four main player types you're going to meet at the tables, how to identify them and, most importantly, how to play against them.
We'll also give you a handy chart that will make it easy to figure out what kind of opponent you're up against.
Check out the video below for tons more information about profiling common opponents and making adjustments to beat them.
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Four Main Player Types
When you're trying to fit your opponents into broad categories, the two biggest things to look for are whether they're tight or loose players, and whether they're passive or aggressive.
The tight and loose metric refers to the frequency with which they're willing to put chips in the pot, and the aggressive/passive metric refers to whether they're taking the lead in the hand by betting and raising or instead just calling other people's bets.
Check out the chart below to see what category you and your opponents fall into and then read through these quick summaries of each player.
Loose-passive players are generally the worst players because they don't mind putting lots of chips at risk with a bad hand. They're also not aggressive enough so you don't need to worry about them bluffing or pushing back when they don't have a hand.
If you're in a pot against a loose-passive player and you make a good hand, the only thing you should be thinking is betting it for value.
The point here is if you think you have the best hand, bet as much as you can get away with without making him fold.
Loose-passive players will keep calling with a losing hand and they're definitely the ones you want to play the most pots against.
Tight-passive players are also generally bad but they're not going to be as profitable for you to play against because they don't put chips in unless they have a good hand.
Against tight-passive players you should try to win lots of small pots even when you have weak cards.
The main point here is that these players are only going to play a big pot when they have a big hand so it's better for you to win all the pots when they have marginal hands, even if your cards are bad too.
Loose-aggressive players are easy to spot. They bet and raise a lot and don't need good cards to get in on the action.
Loose-Aggressive players use bluffing and aggression to win pots but smart ones can also use that image to their advantage by getting big value when they do make big hands.
Your best line against maniacs is to try to make the nuts and give them the chance to try to bluff you with a weaker hand.
Tight-aggressive players are usually the most solid ones at the table. They don't play too many hands but when they get involved in a pot, they fight hard for it.
They're tough to put on a hand because they are selective in their starting hands and generally get some credit for good cards. On the flip side, they know how to bluff and take advantage of position so just because they're betting and raising, it doesn't mean they always have a big hand.
But there are ways to use their style against them.
Good players know how to fold medium and even big hands if they think you've got the nuts. If you can tell a convincing story with your bluff, you can make them fold.