Know Your Opponent
At a brick and mortar poker table,
like you will find in a casino, it is harder to pick and choose
your table the way you can online. Normally your name goes
on a list, and when its time to play you are assigned a spot
at whatever table has an empty seat and room for your poker
chips. In this type of scenario, try and play relatively
tight for the first hour or so. Observe the players at your
table, and try to answer a few of the follow questions:
1. What type of players am I up against?
2. Are they tight or loose, aggressive of passive?
3. Do they bluff? (example; do they check raise with top
pair, or check the nuts until the river?)
4. Will they ever limp it with kings or aces?
5. Will the chase the flush until the river?
All of these characteristics of your opponents play are extremely
important to gauge before getting involved in a high stakes
game. If you know how your adversary plays certain hands,
than you will be able to out play him/her much easier.
Remember to keep detailed records of your opponent’s
play, especially if you are playing online. It is great when
you have notes to reference when questioning an all in call,
and your notes tell you he is a fish that always bluffs. Also
keep detailed records of your wins and losses. Manage your
play as if you were a business.
In todays world of poker, players are treating themselves
and their game like it is a busines. By keeping detailed records
of your progress, you will see trends emerge in what games
and situations you do best, and soon you will be able to better
capitalize on opportunities at the table.
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