Basic styles of playing poker

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If you have at least watched how poker is played, mastering this game for yourself or already playing with might and main, you will probably notice that each participant in the table has his own set of standard behaviors or his own game features. And regardless of the character traits, temperament or mannerisms of the players themselves, poker divides them all into main groups according to the style of performance, so to speak.

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And if we take the frequency of entries into the distribution and participation in the draws, which depend on the starting hand, two types stand out – tight and loose types of players. And if you distribute the styles of the game, in relation to the size of the bets made, then there are passive and aggressive models of behavior in poker. So, knowing and understanding the style of play of your opponents helps the player to make decisions easier and better in the bidding process, and sometimes to anticipate certain reactions of the opponent, and therefore prepare for retaliatory actions. In this article, we will take an overview of each of the main styles of playing poker, so that in the future it will be easier for you to understand who you are playing against and what you can roughly expect from your opponents. Aggressive style of playing poker Aggressive style of playing poker is a manner of behavior at the table, in which a player, when playing even an unprepared hand, makes frequent raises and even reraises – increases the rates of opponents. That is, he makes aggressive bets. Often they play this way against indecisive opponents, exerting psychological pressure on them in the literal sense of the word, forcing them to fold their cards. The pros and cons of the aggressive style are the maximum possibilities, that is, a player can win a big pot using not only cards, but also his pressure, so to speak. But he can also do a lot of damage to his stack if he gets into rivals with an opponent, maybe even worse playing, but also aggressive. And if you use tactics incorrectly, you can be called and this will lead to a loss. What once again emphasizes the rule – you need to know who and how to play against. Passive poker style Players who play poker passively tend to raise relatively infrequently, even with good cards. It is because of the characteristic caution and restraint in making decisions regarding bets that this style got its name. As for the positive aspects of the passive style, in contrast to the aggressive one, there are minimal risk opportunities, but at the same time, rare, medium-sized pots in the draws. So in this case, the situation is decided not only by cards, but also by character. Tight style of play in poker We have published a separate, more detailed material about tight players, but it is impossible not to mention it in this article. Tight style is about avoiding risky situations, only entering a hand with a strong enough hand. Tight players rarely enter hands and lose their antes or blinds in the process. But with the right tactics and a strong combination, they raise good pots, compensating for what they spent. Tight style is considered a very good way to minimize losses and guarantee wins in suitable hands. This style fits perfectly into the game against loose and aggressive opponents. But against similar opponents, it loses its meaning. Loose style of play in poker We devoted a separate article to this style of play. The loose style cannot be overlooked – such poker players want to participate in every draw and not at all because they have good pocket cards every time or the maximum combination is collected. They love to bluff and they do it. And if inexperienced or tight players become their opponents, the pot will go to the loose ones. But with similar or aggressive opponents, as well as with experienced players, the pressure of a loose style can often play into the hands of the opponent. We discussed four main styles of poker – two of them – aggressive and passive – distinguish and separate players by bet size, and the second pair – according to the number of draws from the dealt cards, the styles are divided into loose and tight. Note that none of the above options is absolute or the only true one, nor is it applied in its pure, so to speak, form. Experts call the following categories of players: aggressive ones are also divided into aggressive-tight or aggressive-loose players, the same is true with passive ones – they are divided into passive-tight and passive-loose players. The deeper you decide to dive into this game, the more nuances, tactics and behaviors will be revealed to you. And it is very important to be able not only to distinguish them, but also to notice them. As mentioned above – the first thing to try to do is to understand who you are playing against. And once again, we remind you that your opponents will also try to read you, and this tells us that we need to be a little unpredictable. Try not to act in a stereotyped way and do not stick to any particular style. Make your game complex and varied, and this can be achieved with good preparation and, of course, practice. Then you can get your edge.

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