Texas Hold Em Poker Tips - Versing An Aggressive Poker Player

Author: Alex Bannon

In Texas hold em poker, the way an opponents is playing tips you off to their style of play. Style of play is described as the method in which the individual plays when they do in fact play at a pot. This is characterized, for the most part, by the way they bet. Betting is generally the biggest factor of player control that can have an outcome on the game for any given hand.

The style of play specifically refers to how the person bets. To determine their style of play you need to carefully observe their betting patterns. Here's some questions to start you going...

- Does this person bet alot of hands?

- When this person comes into a pot, do they more often raise then call?

- Do they ever reraise the pot?

- Have you noticed they reraise to isolate themselves against another particular opponent?

- Do they often raise and reraise when they show down at the river?

- Have you noticed they tend to raise when playing middle suit connectors and mid or small pairs?

- Do they raise large amounts from their pocket cards?

I have worded these questions specially so that the more you answer yes that means the person is aggressive and the more you answer no the person is passive.

There are a couple of flavours to aggressive players. Tight aggressive players only ever play great cards like pocket pairs or cards above Jacks. When they bet they raise and reraise. Generally they raise alot because they have such good cards however sometimes they will raise just normally but intend on reraising on the flop and reraising the turn, more and more as time goes on. These players are nasty to play against and you can lose alot of chips very quickly if you aren't careful. New Texas Hold Em Poker players usually have difficulty against this type of opponent.

Loose aggressive means the person plays almost any hand and also is constantly raising and reraising. This type of player is even harder to play against because you don't have the benefit of 'knowing' he has good cards. This player could have anything and is still raising you. If you don't ever play against this type of opponent he will constantly eat everyone's blinds, grow his stack and become even more powerful. This player will often raise when he has worse cards to scare everyone off, and raise less on good cards to trick people into dualing him.

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About the Author

Alex is an avid Texas Hold Em Poker player and has dedicated his time, effort and money to learning the art and skill of successfully winning rounds of No Limit Hold Em. Shoot him an email at alex@mytexasholdempokertips.com or head on over to his informative website http://MyTexasHoldemPokerTips.com and read his free newsletter containing Texas Hold Em Poker Tips