Adjusting to Player Types

My previous poker tips were fundamentals, this tip group is more advanced and involves hand reading skills and player reads. Quick tips such as these tend to lump players into stereotypical modes that don’t always fit. So while these plays are good guidelines, there’re not meant to be selected in stone. Nuances arise within players and situations for which additional adjustments should be made.

Loose-Passive Players:

Tip #1-Play more hands against this texture of opponent, but keep in mind of action to be taken behind you. While this concept is widely known, many players use it to justify playing too many hands. If you fail to take into account the possible actions of those behind you, you’ll often find yourself trapped in bad situations. Try to analyze what will happen both behind you and moves ahead. Do they tend to fold if you raise?  Are there lots of aggressive raisers or are they passive callers. Can they read what you’re doing and will adjust or are they oblivious?  Adjust your play to your foresight as well as to the texture of what has happened in front of you.

Tip #2-Value Bet wider and bigger. Loose-passive players call more which allows for a wider range of value bets being profitable.  And Loose-passive opponents tend to be less sensitive to the size of the bet, giving larger bets a higher propensity to be called. So, since they call weaker you can bet more hands for value profitably.  And since they’re likely to call larger bets, size your bet a bigger than normal. That extra value adds up significantly over time.

Tip #3-Slowplay less against loose-passive players. The value of slowplaying comes when you disguise your hand and induce an opponent to call or bet that would have folded otherwise. Since they tend to call more and bet less, slowplaying has lost much of its value. There is no point in slowplaying against an opponent that will call/anyway. You should still slowplay situations in which your opponent almost can’t have a hand, but against this texture of opponent you should slowplay much tighter.

Tip #4-Isolate raise loose-passive players who play a “fit or fold” style more frequently with the intention of continuation betting with weak hands. While the immediate fold equity is not as high, they’ll call pre-flop with a wide range of hands. But they’re going to flop air more often and your fold equity will be high on your continuation bet. By isolating pre-flop, you’ll be less likely to share their negative equity with other callers. But, once again, be aware of what is to act behind you (See tip #1). And if your opponent is one who makes lots of post flop moves, don’t make this play.

Tip #5-Bluff tighter! Yes, this somewhat contradicts tip #4, but that tip limits itself to pre-flop and continuation betting. You should raise loose-passive opponent’s large pre-flop, and continuation bet liberally as they flop air often (You don’t need to size the continuation bet large). That said, your bluffs get called by wider ranges, and you need to adjust for that fact. So while their opening ranges are wider and will miss the flop more often, which gives value to a continuation semi-bluff, their calling ranges are wider and lower your fold equity of standard bluffs. All that said, don’t make this play against total donks!