We can find passive and aggressive players.
The natural trend is to play in a certain manner; both want to call in all the hands. However, it is possible to learn to play with a good style. The first thing to know is our own natural trend, which is the base to correct our mistakes as players. This is also useful to examine our rivals. This first balance is enough to know if we should take part in the table or if we should fold because most of the players are too good.
The passive player plays many hands and has an internal need to take part in most of the hands. They play for recreational reasons and that makes them be frequent losers. They are the ones the aggressive players want to play with. It is not convenient to bluff frequently against them but statistically, if you play with many passive players you end up obtaining their money.
What happens if we find out that our natural trend is to play passively?
Two things: passive players should play fewer hands and only in those where they can be favorites and become aggressive. There are players who win in this way bout no player can play passively and beat winners. If we play aggressively and we have to play with a passive player we must avoid the bluff. Knowing they will see with anything, we must fold if we are not having a good hand since it is for sure that they do have it.
The aggressive player plays many hands in an aggressive manner (their manner). They usually cheat a lot and lose in the long term. But those who have the control accumulate chips and become the dominant parties of the table; most players wait until having a good play to win them. Due to the number of hands they play and to the way in which they do it, they are always in action and that makes them very dangerous. But when they lose, it is for sure that their chips go to another aggressive player. The need for a leading role and for action characterizes them.
They really have high levels of both. If your trend is aggressive, it is good to consciously reduce the number of hands where you take part, to reduce the calls for pools, to take part in hands which can be dominated and to fold if you suspect that another player like you could have a better play. When you face another aggressive player you must reduce your expectations when evaluating your next plays since we know that this type of player calls many times with unimportant plays, you must measure the bluffs. If the players in the table are good, they can notice what you are doing and they will rebound you frequently.
The strong players take part in few hands and they play them passively. They only bet strongly when they are sure that they have the best hand, obtaining poor gains. One of the advantages of playing in this way is that the rivals who pay attention become aware and then they fold. The passive player shows a slow progress. They rarely win a big hand, although it is difficult to lose much money with them. To improve the playing method it is necessary not to be afraid of betting. To win a good hand it is necessary to have positive expectations.
When we suspect of passive players, it is better to have them to our left and to give in as soon as they show aggressiveness (unless we have a very good hand and we are able to win them, even if the pool rebounds). Going back to aggressive players, we know that they bet strong when they have possibilities to win; that is their style; they never play spontaneously. If you are going to be aggressive too, you must take into account the draw you have since probably there will be more than one pool rebound. You must choose the right moment to raise the bet or to bluff. It is also true that an aggressive player does not imply a good player.
However, they are undoubtedly the ones which are more difficult to beat. You should aspire to take part but you should also be careful not to take part in the table if most of the players are aggressive. When we have to play against them we must study them, we can anticipate their play, their style. If the player is very skillful, he may change his chips or method during a play. This kind of player is the most difficult to be studied, they make good attempts in weak and mediocre hands with their best cards.
The best thing to do is to play against players with direct style who do not vary their ways since itis easy to anticipate how they are going to play.