Definitition of Playing Styles

One of the most important factors in Texas Hold'em Poker is to know the playing style of your opponent. However, getting to read an opponent's style is a difficult exercise, especially for beginners. To categorize opponents, is essential to control their decisions and behaviors to the different manifestations of the game. The following table lists the events relating to the profiles of players (Loose Passive, Loose Aggressive, Tight Passive, Aggressive Tight and Wild). It also can serve to better understand your game.

LP LA TP TA W Manifestations
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-flop
 
X
 
X
X
  Attempt to Steal Blinds
 
X
 
X
X
  Defend Blinds Aggressively
X
 
X
 
 
  Defend Blinds Passively
X
X
 
 
X
  Play Too Many Hands
X
X
 
 
X
  Overvalue Ofsuit Overcards
X
X
 
 
X
  Call PreFlop Witout Considering the Gap Factor
 
 
 
X
X
  Slow Play Premium Cards
X
X
X
X
X
  Raise a Bet With Premium Cards
 
 
 
X
 
  Consider Position to Play Pots with Cards With Less Value Than Advised
 
 
 
X
 
  Consider Odds to Play Pots With Cards With Less Value Than Advised
 
X
 
 
X
  Go all-in Pre-Flop
X
X
 
 
X
  Call all-ins
 
 
 
X
 
  Trying to Isolate a oponnent
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
  Post-flop
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legitimate Betting
X
X
X
X
X
  Bet the Pot With Best Possible Hand
 
X
 
 
X
  Go All-in on the Flop
 
X
 
 
X
  Go All-In on the Flop With a Pocket Pair superior to the Top Pair at the Table
 
X
 
 
X
  Go All-in on nthe Flop with Two Pair
 
 
 
X
 
  Value Bet on the River
 
 
 
 
 
  Bet in Bluff and Semi-Bluff
 
 
 
X
X
  Bet First With Air With unfavored Boards
 
 
 
X
X
  Bet First in Ragged Flops
 
X
 
 
X
  Bet First in Dangerous Flops
 
X
 
X
X
  Bet First in Shorthanded Pots
 
X
 
 
X
  Bet Half Pot in Late Position With Second or Third Pair
 
 
 
X
X
  BEt Flop With more Than Eight Outs
 
X
 
X
X
  Bet in Last position When noone Bet Before
 
 
 
X
 
  Continuation Bet on the Flop
 
 
 
X
 
  Bet Flop
 
 
 
X
 
  Bet When high Card or Third Card From Same Suit Hits the Turn or River
 
 
 
X
 
  Block Bet With Draws
 
 
 
 
 
  Slow Play
 
 
X
X
 
  Slow play With Set or Draw
 
 
X
X
 
  Check with Top Pair (Out of Position)
 
 
 
X
 
  Check With Top Pair (In Position)
 
 
X
X
 
  Bet The Flop, Check the Turn, and Bet Again the River
 
 
 
 
 
  Other Special Actions
 
 
 
X
 
  Represent Cards you Don't Have
 
X
 
 
X
  Overbet Pot To Remove Opponents From the Hand
 
 
X
X
 
  Bet Less Than Pot To Confuse Opponents
 
 
X
X
 
  Bet to Decrease Odds From Draws
 
X
 
 
X
  Bet Without Consider Possible Odds From Opponent
 
 
X
X
 
  Being Able to Represent a Good Hand
 
 
 
X
X
  Attack a Weak Bet
 
 
X
X
 
  Show Legitimate Hands
 
 
 
 
 
  Defensive Movements
X
 
X
 
 
  Call a Bet with Favorable Odds
X
 
 
 
 
  Call a Bet With Odds Against
 
 
X
X
 
  Call an All-in with Favorable Odds
X
X
 
 
X
  Call an All-In Without Consider the Odds
 
 
X
X
 
  Call a Draw With  Favorable Odds
X
X
 
 
X
  Call a Draw With Odds Against

 

 

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