Psychology is an important part of poker. Every player has his own playing style with different strengths and weaknesses. If you want to be successful in the long run you have to adjust your play to this fact. You should always be very observant at the poker table and gather information about your opponents. This will help you make correct decisions in tight situations.
Adjust your game to the other players:
- Mix up your play based on the flow of the game. Be flexible and mix aggressive plays with defending ones.
- Single out loose and weak opponents that you will be able to outplay after the flop.
- Don’t try to bluff the weak players. It usually doesn’t work.
- Use aggression and bluffs against tight players, but show respect if they make big bets or raises.
- Try to make tight players call.
- Lure aggressive and loose players into bluffing.
How to handle loose and tight players
When you’re facing loose players you should play more hands. Don’t try to bluff this kind of player (if it’s not a really good opportunity), instead you have to play better flops against them. This tactic will be very profitable. You should be more careful when you’re up against tight players and respect their big bets and raises. However, tight players are easier to bluff than loose players and that is something you should take advantage of.
How to handle passive and aggressive players
Passive players are easy to read and easy to handle. When they bet or raise they have strong hands and you can safely fold in these situations. Aggressive players are a bit more difficult to play against. If you don’t stand up to them they will bully you around. You should raise or re-raise even though your hand isn’t a really strong one. This is the best way to take back the initiative of the game. When you have a strong hand you should try to trap your aggressive opponent in order to take home a huge pot.
Your position at the table is an important factor when it comes to playing the opponents. The ideal is to sit to the right of loose players and to the left of tight players.