The Poker Players

Live Player

Live players are the player who play live games but does not have much tournament experience. This player play poker tournaments just like as they play in a live game. If they are aggressive in live games, they will play aggressively even in tournaments. Again, if they are a rock in live games, they will do the same in tournament. The difficulty for aggressive players is that if they are not hitting the flops, they will soon run out of the chips. This kind of player plans for three or more buy-ins in a live game. In a tournament, when you are out of the chips, you are out of the tournament. The aggressive live player will bust out soon or increase his chips and can win. The difficulty for rocks in a tournament is they play so conventionally that they do not build up their chips to be competitive in the game. Against rock live players you can win some pots by semi-bluffing and sometimes by complete bluffing. Against the aggressive live players, only play hands where you are the favorite.

Casual Player

It is possible to find irregular poker players entering in the small tournaments. The buy-in is small enough and the payoff big enough that they tend to take a shot. These players have no chance of winning poker games. They commit many mistakes and you can identify them very easily. Against such players, just play solid poker and you will win more amount of money.

Big-Limit Player

Many of the players who play pot limit regularly and 20-40 and above will play in tournament as for the time-being. They consider the entry fee as loose change and it is no big deal in losing little bit. They would like the payoff at the end, but are playing more for self-esteem. These players like to gamble and will bluff much more than any other players. You can slow-play against them and get big payoffs. There's not much in between for these players, they either get thrown out early, or you will see them at the final table.

Tournament Player

Most players concentrate more on tournaments and you sometimes see them in a live game. They know the holdem strategy, how to play the players, how to manage the stack, when to lay down a best hand because making it to the next level is more important than winning that particular hand. Your bet against these players is to stay out of their way and let one of the aggressive or big-limit players throw them out.

Solid Player

This player has the experience of both live and tournament plays. They play a strong tight-aggressive live poker games and know how to adjust their game for a tournament. They are the players who do not commit many mistakes and you had better not make any against them. You should be cautious and hope to get better cards, flops and many opportunities than they have.


By now it must be clear to you that how important is the position. It is also important in tournaments but being first to act, especially if you have a large stack, is sometimes better than being last to act. Middle position is the worst position. If you are first and it is late in the tournament and you can bet enough to put your rivals all-in before the flop, you are inducing them to take a big decision. The correct decision, even if they have good hand, is to fold because surviving in the game is more than poker winning.

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