The theory of evolution was thanks to Darwin spending a great
deal of time by himself on a secluded island poking and examining the local
creatures while he formed opinions about where the species came from including
us lowly human beings. Had he spent those years in stranded in Las Vegas the
theory of evolution might have been a result of examining and poking players.
And boy what a different tell it would tell!
No one can really tell you how the evolution of poker players actually came
about. Not even Darwin because he chose the secluded island rather than the far
mor entertaining Vegas players. Perhaps the types of poker players that have
evolved began with the caveman. As he huddled in his cave with his other cavemen
betting twigs while using cards chiseled from rock. Now there's a challenge!
What we do know is that there are two distinct species of poker players that can
be seen hanging around the casino which is their natural habitat. After all a
poker player is as natural to the casino as a caveman was to his club.
The first type of player you can spot is called the loose player. When most
people think of a loose player their mind conjures up images of a sexy Madonna
with her big red lips and short skirt. That may be an accurate image of loose
but not in the poker world.
Loose poker players are actually very aggressive. A loose player will take a lot
of risks while chasing the big rewards at the end of the rainbow or should we
say poker table. They play a lot of hands and are less likely to fold when
challenged. But there are also two kinds of “Loose Players.”
There is the passive loose player who regards pot odds as only a friendly
suggestion. They seldom fold and will continue to call regardless of the
strength of their hand, or what they believe the strength of their opponents
hand is. They are the perfect example of the eternal optimists believing that at
any moment any two cards can make the difference. What makes them passive is
that they will call almost every time, but rarely raise. They will stay in the
game to the bitter end, but do not add that extra element of risk. Almost as a
rule, these folks don’t bluff well. Passive-loose players are die a slow
financial death at the table but you have to give them an A for their attitude.
The other type of loose player is an aggressive loose player. They are the
Spiderman of the the poker world. They are extremely aggressive and see raising
as form of worship to the card gods. These players have no problem raising
before and after the flop, because they attempt to bully the table. Poker
players with this style are very good at winning a lot of small pots but when it
comes to the big pots and the big bucks they tend to loose their momentum and
The second type of poker player is the tight player who doesn’t play a lot of
hands and who always folds when circumstances and pot odds are not in their
favor. They do not thrive on a steady diet of raises. They much prefer to call
or fold while picking their fights to mount a vigorous offensive. There are also
two types of tight players.
A passive tight player is genetically programmed to avoid risk. Even when the
hand is big they are more likely to call then ever think about raising. You will
die of boredom if you are waiting for a passive tight player to bluff. There's
just no bluff in this type of player. Instead they play a very straightforward
game and fold very easily.
An aggressive tight player is quite the opposite. This is the Rambo of poker,
believing heavily in picking their own poison. They will fold when the odds are
not in their favor. They will see the flop with a decent hand, and that is when
their more aggressive tendencies will emerge. They will go after the money at
It is a good idea to identify the types of poker players at your table. Then you
can adapt to the style of the table. You may find yourself morphing into one of
these types over time. But I'm telling you being a chameleon will benefit you a
lot more in the long run. Leave the psychology to the other guys and gals!
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