A Brief examination of table images
Table image, for this discussion is how your opponents perceive your style of play. It is also your perception of your opponents style of play. Most books stress a Tight/Aggresive image, is best. This is somewhat true, but not completely. This is the safest advice authors can give you, and therefor generally stick with it. If you play tight and aggresive, you will consistantly make a small profit, provide you chose your game properly.
Table image is more like roshambo. Paper scissors rock.
1.) aggressive beats passive.
2.) Super aggressive beats aggressive. but....
3.) Passive beats super aggressive!
Yes, passive beats super aggressive. WHAT? Many discussions lead to arguments over Action Dan's style, as compared to Barry Greenstein as compared to Gus Hansen.
3 different styles, that seem to be highly affective at different times. The best o the best, know when to to let a super aggressive bet himself right out of chips. I am concentrating on this point 3 as this is the one rarely discussed. We have all heard agression, agression, aggression. But when is passive appropriate.
An attribute heavily associated with Johnny Chan is his ability to "shit gears" on the drop of a hat, even in the middle of hands. All of the sudden he lets someone keep the lead with check calls, then pow a huge raise on the river.
When you see a tight aggressive, adjust to tight Super aggressive.
When you see a tight super aggressive, become tight passive.
When you see a tight passive, become tight aggressive.
When you see a tight table composition, become loose aggressive.
When your table compasition is loose, be tight aggressive.
When you see a highly aggresive table, become passive.
Tight is pushed as the preferred style, because you won't b e in many marginal situations. As you loosen up you are forced into closer decisions.
Increasing your variance in certain game is the way to maximum profit.