Exploiting other people’s weaknesses is the key to lucrative profit in poker. Most players will consistently make mistakes that you can take advantage of. Knowing how to play against tight players, loose players, aggressive players and passive players is very important.
The Tight Player
Tight players are harder to take advantage of than loose players. If they’re highly skilled, it can be even more difficult. The main way to take advantage of tight players is to steal their blinds. They often times won’t fight back if they don’t have the cards to back it up. Steal from the small blind, the dealer and dealer+1.
The Loose Player
The loose player is your cash machine. They consistently play bad cards, so the strategy here is to play tight, wait for good cards and then punish the loose player for playing so loosely. You may have to wait a round or two, but the reward will be well worth it.
The Loose Passive Player
This is the best scenario possible. This player is also known as the “calling tank.” They’re players who’ll play almost any two cards and call even when they have nearly nothing. The strategy here is to wait for a good hand, bet the value of your hand and watch as the calling tank fills up your chip stack.
The Hyper Aggressive Player
Often times in low limit games you’ll run into the hyper aggressive player who’ll bet or go all in with just about any hand. Depending on how aggressive this player is, you generally want to play tight and wait for a good hand. You can often double up on these players. You can go up against the player with a semi-good hand if you want to take the risk, since chances are he doesn’t have anything. However, to play it safe, it’s best to wait for a really good hand.
These are some of the more common characters you’ll find in an online poker game. Learn to spot the signs, take careful notes and exploit those weaknesses!