An FPS Player on Tilt

The aggressive holdem poker player you will run across a Fancy Play Syndrome player on tilt. They can get more unsuitably aggressive than a poker table maniac. Players with FPS are likely to try to steal raise. (that is a player in late position who open raises in the expectation that everyone will fold and that he can steal the blinds) before the flop too often. They tend to always slow-play big hands, like checking a flopped full house. Players with FPS seem to tilt easily. They think of themselves as tough, tricky players and when their tricks don't work, it frustrates them. The outcome is that they start getting trickier, not less tricky. They make more mistakes and not less mistakes.

Book Players

Players who strictly play according the recommendation of their poker book tend to self-identify. They talk more about playable hands and the correct play. They tend to talk about hand groups a lot and use terms such as pot odds, implied odds, or dominated hands at the table. They also tend to categorize other players depending on how their pre-flop play matches their favorite hand groups. In loose games, they loose tend to overplay pairs on the flop and underplay draws. These players tend to read about the game with much great deal. They subscribe to poker card player and poker digest. They devote most of the energy and time to memorizing the things they read and not much energy to simply thinking about the games. They think they know much more about the game but they really don't. They are not good holdem players, but they tend to play almost tight and are aggressive in passive games. Because of this they do tend to be consistent but small winners in a typical passive game.

Such kinds of players are very selective for starting the hands from a list, rather than according to the game and the rivals. That tends to make them rather easy to read. Book players also tend to be somewhat hesitant about betting less than the nuts when the board is somewhat threatening.

Particularly, if this kind of player is in a very loose or a loose-aggressive game, he tends to become a fish. If it is a double bet on the end game (3/6/12 or 10/20/40) he then becomes a huge fish. When he does think about the game, he tends to think in terms of a contest between a made hand and a draw a sort of two-player game theory perspective. That's a perspective that doesn't work well in a very loose or loose-aggressive game. Also the reverse is likely to work well against this kind of player especially if your image is of a maniac because you were seen as you limp re-raise six callers from UTG with A5.

When an Aggressive holdem player calls

There is a hand being played that illustrates of using information when you have it. For example the player had KJ on the big blind. Two players limped in from middle position, the small blind called. He did thought of raising but decided not to. The reason for this he didn't raise was that one of the players who had limped in was an aggressive tricky player who often limped and re-raised with very good hands. The flop was A4T. This is a good flop for him nut flush draws and a gut-shot draw to a nut-straight.

The small blind was first and bet. When he saw the flop he decided to play this hand aggressively, but there were two players behind him who hadn't yet acted and there was a good chance one of them would raise if he just called. So he just called, expecting for a raise so he could re-raise. His plan failed when both the players folded. The turn card was 9. Now to his surprise the small blind checked. He must be on a draw. Our player bet. The small blind called. The river card was 2. Our player missed his draws but when the small blind checked, he though he had missed his too. So our player bet and the small blind folded. Our player won all the money.

There is a lesson in the play of his hand. Not from this play, he didn't do anything out of the ordinary and he didn't steal that pot. With is King for high, there is a good chance that he had the best poker hand. The lesson comes from the mistake made by the small blind he could have easily won the pot. Of course there is no idea what his hand was, but our player didn't show any aggression at all. The small blind knew our player was a very aggressive player and all he did was call before the flop and on the flop. There is no reason for him to think our player had much of a hand at all. In fact his play should have suggested that his hand was very weak. Why did the player in the small blind check the turn after taking the lead on the flop? This was his major mistake. If he had betting continue betting then our player would have folded silently on the river when he missed his draw. The money would have gone to the small blind.

This was a very loose poker table and few pots were won by the single bet on the flop. It was unusual for the two players behind him to fold. So his bet on the flop only makes sense if he followed through and continued to bet on the next round. If he had used the information he had about our player normal playing style and combined that with the way he was playing that hand, then the natural thing for him to do was just continue betting. The small blind didn't think it through. He didn't really have any kind of plan for the hand and he didn't pay attentively to what our player was or was not doing. This was a mistake which cost the pot.

Weak When Strong and Strong When Weak

A consistent style you will note in players who have a deception perspective on the game is the weak-when-strong and strong-when-weak pattern. If such players have a hand in an early position like 87 and the flop is Q88, they will always check-raising. They might check-raise on the flop or might wait until the turn but the main focus would be to check. They have a strong hand then initial impulse to disguise that by checking, and they will follow that impulse. From your perspective the essence of the pattern is that if they bet when the flop looks like that and you have a hand like AQ, then you can be almost sure that you have the best hand.

Targeting Players

It is significant to ascertain the table as a unit rather than individual players. Once you sit down at the table, you need to be concerned with individual players, but in selecting the table, a focus on individuals can shove you away from a good table or even shove you toward a bad table. The presence of a few very good players at a table is not enough of a reason to avoid that table. You don't need to avoid players who are better than you, as long as there are a few players at the table who play very badly. Money doesn't flow from the players straight to the best player at the table. It flows from bad players to all the players who play poker better than them, even if only little better. The bad players at a table will lose to everyone, even to other bad players. Do not avoid the table just because it has a few very good players of poker or holdem.

Similarly do not sit at a table just because it has a single very bad player. Unless the limit is very high (30-60 and above) a single bad player will not lose enough money to provide more than an average win to a table full of good players. Most of losses of a single bad player will be counter balanced by the rake.

At least two bad players must be needed to provide enough losses to cover the rake and have enough left over for the rest of the table to have a meaningful win. The important points are that one very bad player is not enough and that the more bad players there are, the less each one is losing, even though the good players have increased their winning rate. This shows two things about loose games (bad players are always loose players): not only will you win more by playing in very loose games but also the losers won't go lose as quickly, making loose games long lasting.

When There Is One Really Bad Player at the Table

Once you have been playing in a card room for sometime and have known the players, you will sometimes confront a player who plays very badly and is almost sure to lose all his money. Generally that alone is enough to make it worthwhile to sit in the game but not always. First you need to be sure that player isn't already close to losing all his money. If he only has a few chips remaining, then it is no use in sitting the game unless the game has other characteristics that would make it profitable. Once, you have determined that the really bad player still has more chips you need to consider how your skills compare with the other players at the table. Some general instructions:

1. If seven or eight of the other players are all better players than you, then you should pass the game.
2. If six of them are better than you, you can still play if the other two players are worse players than you.
3. If five of the players are better than you, then you can play if at least one of the other three players is worse than you, and the other two are no better than you.
4. If no more than four of the players are better than you, then you can certainly play.

Target Seats and Flush Draws

In loose games you will make big amount of money from the flushes if you play your draws aggressively in such a manner that keeps many players in on the flop. For this, seat selection would be very useful.
In a typically loose-aggressive game, you will have at least one maniac poker player, a player who plays a lot of hands and raises with many of them. You will also find players with some FPS symptoms and also players who often check-raises. When you have a flush draw on the flop, especially a flush draw with holdem overcard, you want to get as many players calling as many bets as you can. If you have these two players (a maniac and an FPS player) sitting to your right, then it is possible for you to do it very easily.

If you can sit in between the maniac and the FPS player, with the maniac to your left and the FPS player to your right, then you have a correct situation to get a more number of players to call four bets on the flop. If you can arrange that seating, the implied odds you get from potential flushes will be large enough to make any two suited cards worth playing in a loose game. The perfect way to play a flush draw in this situation is to check. The maniac will bet, and he will get more number of callers because they know he will beat any hand. The FPS player will raise, you can call; the maniac will re-raise everyone who already has one bet in the pot will call. When you get such kind of seat in the right kind of game, this will succeed and it would be very profitable at the end.

Picking Up Tells

The thing which can help in the game is picking up tells of other flush draws by keeping tracks of the habits of your rivals. What hands do they play from an early position? With some tight players, for example, if you have the Queen of a suit, the board has the King and the player limped in from early position, he does not have a flush draw. That is because he would not have come in from early position without at least an Ace, King, or Queen, or a pair and he would have raised with any of the hands with an Ace that he would play from early position.

Evaluating the Players

Online Poker is the game which can exploit weakness. To exploit a weakness, you have got to identify it. You have to analyze and study your rivals' behavior and habits.

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