i was wondering what kind of table image people find the most desireable. it seems like pro players will often say that they want to have a tight, or conservitave table image, that is to say that other players assume that they only play good hands, and seldom bluff. i understand the merits of this, especially in tournement play, as it can help you steal pots. i had an expirence a few months ago that made me think otherwise.
i was playing heads up in a small tourny, and two very similar hands came up, but i played them very differently. I had a queen high off suit both times. the first time i was in position and i was betting. i bet pre flop, bet on the flop, the turn and the river, all with nothing but the queen high, and got called every time. my opponent had top pair and beat me. the second hand i had the queen high again, check in the big blind, on the flop and the turn, and he checked behind me. on the river, i caught a queen, and checked again. i probably should have know it was the best hand, but there was at least one overcard on the board, and after the last hand, i decided to just relax, and i check. my opponent checked behind me, and it turned out the queens were the best hand and i won. after that my opponent said to me, or rather wrote, as it was online, "Huh, you bet with nothing, and you check when you have a hand. Very interesting." and at that point i knew i had him beat. there was no way he could beat me, thinking that about my game. sure enough, a hand or two later, I had an ace high suited in the hole, caught a flush draw on the flop, bet it and he called, caught my flush on the turn, bet again, he raises all in, I call, he doesn't even have top pair and i win the hand, game over, he curses at me, and i feel like i had finally figured something out. had he thought i was a tight player, he would have had a much harder time calling and raising me like he did with a possible flush on the board.
here's my thinking, with an agressive table image, players will often let you see cards for free when you check, allowing you to make your hand, and they call or raise when you bet assuming you have nothing. if you have a tight image, you might be able to steal more pots, but you won't get paid off as often when you have the best hand. i don't necessarily consider myself to be an agressive player, but i think there are times when an agressive image comes in handy. maybe my thinking is totally off about this, or at the very least (as i have been accused of doing before) i am way over anazyling a pointless situation. i was just wondering what sort of table image you guys would prefer to have