Any serious poker player competing in tournaments knows that learning what your opponent’s person is just as important as knowing the rules of the game. Reading your opponent gives you the advantage on what style you would use in the game.
A new player generally does not vary their games during the game so what happens is lose some and do not win any. A good game changes its style accordingly so what happens is big wins over time.
The tight and loose players
after some rounds of betting them they can spot if your opponent is tight or loose. Tight players only play when they have the best hands and when they get them they want to play them fast, wanting to get victory as soon as possible. They usually win showdowns, but they become predictable that way. When that happens, their opponents will not be bluffed to stay in one hand and the call gets up, so tight players do not win very big pots.
A loose player, on the other hand, goes for most of the believing hands who could win the hand whatever cards they are. They hope the flop, turn and cards will favor them. Loose players see more action, but they are more likely to lose large sums of money they do not get the right cards.
Aggression and Passiveness
take note if your opponents are aggressive or passive. Aggressive ones tend to bet or get up continuously. Often, pre-flop, especially when they get a “nut-hand”. Being intentionally aggressive requires a lot of skill to do it right, which can be very intimidating, especially in showdowns.
Passive players just call bets and rarely raise, even with a strong hand. They do not want much attention. Intentional passiveness has its advantages because it covers some of the person “says to”. Passive players play comfortably and populate when things get too hot. But remaining too passive in the game and the player would lose large sums of money due to lack of aggression.
The strong and the weak
again, test the warning if your opponent is strong or weak. The strong players are the experts. They have a good knowledge of the game. They make the right calls at the right time and win many showdowns. Weak players often take a look at their own cards instead of analyzing their opponents. Most often, they do not reach showdowns with poor cards.
So mix up your game by recording your tricks to your opponent’s character. Be it all and nobody, except a weak player. This is how you play real cards in poker.