There are different types of people in society, and at the green table there are different types of players. There is no place for phlegmatic or melancholic, no one will ask you sanguine or choleric. But they will easily stick a fish tag or respectfully call a shark. So who are they, representatives of the gambling fauna and how to behave with them correctly?
Online poker is good because it allows you to take notes on opponents, collect and organize information on their reactions to various game situations. What percentage of hands they play, how often they fold, and whether they use isolate in their practice. In professional jargon, these numbers are called "stats" and they help you easily determine what type of player your opponent is. But even if you have not yet accumulated the necessary funds to buy Poker Tracker or Holdem Manager, it does not matter. After all, no one forbids to be observant and figure out "who is who?" without the help of additional programs.
VPIP-32, PFR-4, 3-bet -1
Phone, fish or fish are a fairly common type of player who sit down at the table just to play, but are afraid to invest too much in the pot. They usually call most of your bets, play a wide range of hands, and are regular participants in multi-pots.
The fish will never fold the second or even the third pair, it squeaks away from the ace and completely ignores the opponent's possible draws. For a fish, only his cards exist.
VPIP-12, PFR-9, 3-bet -1
But who certainly will not call "horrible" is a rock. This type of opponent has an enviable patience and an ultra-narrow range of playable hands. You will almost never expect a bluff from a nit, and if he decided to raise you or go all-in, we would advise you not to even hold on to pocket queens, because your opponent will have at least kings.
Doesn't have a specific set of stats
It's much easier to fight a noob. This is either not an experienced player yet or someone who is simply not destined to play poker well. Nuba is distinguished by some gullibility, poor stress resistance and high readability.
VPIP-32, PFR-4, 3-bet -1
But players who do not know the word "fold" are usually called maniacs. They love to bluff and pump up the pot preflop. For a maniac, the winnings are not so important as the adrenaline received during the game. It is dangerous in that it can unbalance even regulars and send the game at the table along uncontrollable rails.
VPIP-36, PFR-30, 3-bet -4
Lag is a loose-aggressive style player. He is well acquainted with the ABC poker strategy, has read almost everything that is written about this game in books, but treats the information received as a dogma. Therefore, the lag game resembles the execution of learned algorithms, without any intellectual processing. Even 5 years ago, this strategy was effective, but today ABS poker allows you to play only at 0.
VPIP-21, PFR-17, 3-bet -3
Sharks are talented poker regulars who make a living by playing. For the most part, these are people with pronounced counting capabilities. They are fluent in poker mathematics, observant and quickly adjust their playing style to their opponents.
And finally. Everything in the world is changing. The types of players living in the same person change over time, and therefore yesterday's noob may turn into a shark tomorrow.