Primary Player Characteristics

The intention to choose a seat is to put yourself in a position relative to certain players which allows you to exploit mistakes made by those players. Collecting information is one thing that can help you exploit rivals' mistakes but it is the only one and not an important one.

Selecting a good seat is a part of overall poker strategy of being a lucky player not because you select a lucky seat but that seat will give you ample opportunities. The way your seat can give you opportunities depends on your rivals' habits and the kinds of mistakes they tend to make.

Loose Players

A loose poker player simply doesn't play lot of hands he is intended to get involved in lot of pots. Loose players play many hands and continue to play into the later betting rounds. Because they play many hands, you get frequent information from them.

Playing more hands means they play weak hands, therefore you won't really know more about the strength of their hands, but you will know more about the size of the pot and whether you will be getting poker odds o play such hands as JT. We shall discuss more on it later.

Aggressive Players

An aggressive player is the player who bets and raises a lot. If you bet into an aggressive player he might fold or he might raise, but he is not going to call. Because aggressive players raise a lot, their raise before you have act means you can fold hands such as A6 which are profitable in multi-way pots because of their flush potential but you don't want to call a raise with that hand. As you will often have to give up that hand on the flop, you would like to know you don't have to invest that money to call a raise.

Loose-Aggressive Players

Although you prefer a loose player on your right and an aggressive player on your right, if a player is both loose and aggressive, you are often better off with him on your left. A player who is too loose, but otherwise plays typically, is almost players making the mistake of playing too many hands; a player who plays too aggressively, but otherwise plays typically, is possibly making the mistake of overplaying mediocre hands. These are different mistakes you can usually best exploit either of these mistakes by sitting to the player's left.

A player who does not play well at all, but plays both loose and aggressively, might not be making as many mistakes as you might think depending on the particular game conditions. Whether a player who is both loose and aggressive is making lot of mistakes you can generally do better with him on your left than on your right. This is because such kind of player gives you more opportunities for tactical manipulations in later betting rounds.

Tight Players

A tight player will not give up more money in the pot. The exception is a tight player who folds very often on the river, but you won't find many of those. Most tight players are tight in regards to their original hand selection. They don't play many hands but once they decide to play a hand they get committed to it. A tight player doesn't get involved in lot of pots. They are very selective. Tight players make tight tables. Sometimes tight players will become overcommitted to a hand. Sometimes they fold easily when someone bet on the flop or turn, or fail to bet good hands strongly.

You should usually prefer a tight player to be on your left. There are two reasons for this. First, although that a tight player is playing a hand does not give you some information about the strength of his hand, he rarely plays so you do better with information collection by having room on your right for loose players and aggressive players. Second reason is if you are at a tight table, you will get more opportunities to open from late position with a raise and steal a tight player's blinds if he is on your left.

Passive Players

A passive player doesn't bet or raise on most hands but will be inclined to call. A player who will almost always call and almost never raise is called a "calling station." You should avoid to being calling station but you should seek for a calling station at your table. It is always best to have a passive player to your left. Because they don't raise much, the information value from acting after them before the flop is almost small.

Maniacal Players

A maniac player is rather identical to Fancy Play Syndrome, but a little more extreme. A player with FPS tends to make bets or raises so as to be tricky and he does it in situations where it is inappropriate and not to his advantage to do so. A maniac raises much because it is fun for him. A maniac is not a loose-aggressive player. He is much more than that. He is an aggressive player with FPS and an irritation to the gamble. He is loose in that he plays lot of hands, he is aggressive in that he tends to raise more but he also tends to raise in inappropriate situations. He more often check-raises, often semi-bluffs, and often bets marginal draws. The important thing is that a maniac likes to play and likes to bet. Maniacs sometimes fold, sometimes call and raise a lot - at the slightest provocation. It is correct to avoid tables with maniacs if you are a new player. If you are an experienced player, your profits would come from maniac players. Seat choice relative to the maniac can be very essential and generally depends on the composition of the rest of the table.

One feature of maniacs is that you can depend on them to bet or raise with weak hands a lot. Because of that a maniac is a kind of loose-aggressive player that is sometimes best to sit four or five seats on either side of you. This would be the case at a table of loose players. When a player has a very loose-aggressive style, you can count on the probability that they will raise before the flop and you can largely gain the advantage by keeping your playing tactics on the flop to a maniac.

When a maniac is to your right, just raise when you want to be re-raised forcing the other players to call two bets cold or to fold. If you want to trap other players into calling a raise, check and let the maniac bet so you can raise after other players have called his bet. The ability to manipulate the betting in this way is big advantage at a loose table. Let the maniac do the raising for you when you call with better hands, and then fold with anything marginal. Try to get rational aggressive players on your right and very loose, very aggressive persons to your left.

Players Who Bluff a Lot

Anytime you have a player who frequently makes the same mistake such as bluffing too much, you want to be able to encourage them to continue to make the mistake. If a player bluffs a lot, you want to encourage them to bluff. Nothing encourages a bluff as much as a check. Specifically if you are in a game where the bet size doubles on the river, you want habitual bluffers on your left. The reason is you can pick up many extra bets by checking and calling if a frequent bluffer is acting after you.


Drunks are fairly loose players: sometimes passive, sometimes aggressive and always loose. So if you have to play at a table with drunk, sit on their left, but the best poker strategy for a table with a drunk is often move to another table avoid playing between them. They can be counted on to lose their money but they slow down a lot and tend to be quick to anger -this is neither good for the game. So just sit to their left and as far as possible try to avoid drunkards.

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