Player Notes Made Easy
I'm not real good at taking player notes an I don't get to play enough on Full Tilt
to get a strong enough read on players at my table.
The notes I do make are usually to long or lots of gibberish. Using Some of Phil Helmuth's defining our styles and something I found on mzonereport, I've put together something that hopefully can be helpful to many. Full Tilt
uses color codes when taking player notes. Using these colors and applying each color to an animal playing syle, you will quickly know what each player is without reading through all your notes. Pokerstars
doesn't use color for notes, but you can just list the animal name in your notes to keep it simple. Here are the animals, with suggested color codes and a brief description of each style.
book player, tight, plays little pots
comes out fighting with cheese
passive,plays too many hands
calls often, reraise much less
hard to bluff, flush & Ace masters
tricky, knows position play & odds
experience, mixes it up
online semi pro, aggressive post flop
maniac player, raises with lots of hands
little regard for position, pressure plays
pro player that morphs into any
other style given the situation
will scoop your stack & tilt you
sub human player that doesn't
know any better, newbie
You can copy and paste these animals & their descriptions to something easily accesible when you are playing until you have all styles memorized.
Here is topcat's full description of each animal and their style
plays only the top 10 hands and is very conserative, never bluffs and if he calls a raise, or reraises you watch out, he has the goods.
is tough a compeditor that plays more than the top 10 hands and bluffs at the right times and sniffs out bluffs against him, he will ocassionaly go out on a limb with a semi-bluff, or a bluff, but has a good overall game.
is the loose wild player we refer to a lot as a Donk. He plays way to many hands and usually with junk cards. If he gets lucky and hits a run of good cards he can be tough, but they never last very long.
is the fairly loose calling station kind of player that is impossiable to bluff and feeds off his chips over a period of time. He isn't very sharp player and not a real threat at the table, he seems to do good against the Jackal because the Jackal keeps trying to bluff at him, to no avail.
is the guy that playes the best game consistantly, and has strategys to foil all the other animals attacks on his chips. He is profitable and confident, and can sniff out the fish in a game