Tricky vs. straightforward (deceptive style vs. direct style)

Regardless of the group to which it belongs, the tricky player makes unexpected plays and his game varies; sometimes he bets hard when he has a mediocre play and sometimes he tends traps with his best hands, which makes him an opponent difficult to guess. Most tricky players belong to the loose-aggressive and tight-aggressive types. Playing in a deceptive manner is indispensable in short-handed games (with 3-5 players), but in full-ring low-level games you can win without using too many pretense tactics. The straightforward player uses a direct style and does not usually vary his game to disorient the opponents. That makes him an easy player to read.