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Types of play

How you play and behave around the table will define your particular type of play. Good players have varied and rehearsed roles that they are adept at adopting during the full length of a poker game. In tournaments new players are constantly joining this becomes even more important because your success might come down to what the other player thinks you’ll do.

Be aware of your habits and tells when you are playing online or not. We all have unconscious behaviour traits that could give other players clues about your hand. If you manage to contain these you’ll notice a marked improvement in your card game.
Also always remember that there are plenty of ways to read peoples’ tells in online poker rooms too. You can learn more about them with their nicknames, comments in the chat room and response times. This is free knowledge that is available to you if you are willing to be aware.

Tight Aggressive

This is the recommended style of poker play because it is cautious and methodical with decisive characteristics. This type of playing requires the ability to be patient and act on observations so that opponents are squeezed without giving away too much. Being a tight-aggressive player takes hard work and time. Attention to bankroll management and position play ensure that there are fewer errors.

This style of play is good for the pre-flop game but can inhibit maximising on potentially good hands due to the player’s habit of merely checking and reluctance to raise to call. This type of player can be easily read and is unlikely to ever bluff.

Loose Passive

These players are known as ‘calling stations’ because they call poor hands and don’t bet enough money. They usually aren’t schooled in pot odds or any form of technicality surrounding game. They usually go home early.

Loose Aggressive

This is the more expensive style out of the two loose player variants. This player makes a habit of raising aggressively with poor hands which will often lead to them coming short in a big way later on. This is also a very easy playing style to read with the silly bluffs and over-bets attracting attention from the stronger players who have sussed it out. This is often the playing style that players trying to be tight-aggressive end up playing in.