re: Poker & Reading opponents
Originally Posted by dvd-GT
P.S. i can spell but i am English and colour definately has a u in it.
lol I'm with you on this one.
To the OP, I suggest when you play, take notes on the players and monitor betting patterns of as many players as possbile and use a baseline to put their hand ranges on.
Everything counts, even bets made on the flop, raises etc.
A pattern will ermerge.
For instance, a person raises to the pot amount when he has AK AQ, but KQ, AJ and A10 he tends to bet a little but more than the pot.
Alot of online players tend to raiser bigger with cards that can be heavily dominated post flop so that they can rather just win the pot there and then without playing the mediocre cards out of position after the flop. Try to identify these people and you will be able to put them on a range of hands.
Heres another example, observe how some people play small pairs, some people like to minraise with a small pair hoping to take the pot down uncontested but if they get called they wanna make a set (afterall a limp is seen as mega weakness so they raise just a wee bit)
If you call behind a person that minraised and the flop is ragged but you have top pair and a good kicker, that person then checks to you and pulls off a check raise either on the flop or turn, theres a chance that you are staring at a set. So monitor which people min raise and ask yourself always why why why why did he do that, why did he do this? and you'll start putting together a "portfolio" of this person.
Another person raises always 4 x bb with AK, AQ and then if he hits the flop its an auto pot sized bet as his c-bet, however when he misses and is trying to throw a c-bet his c-bets are always halfpot (this is to test the waters and try a semi bluff, if he is caught out he can fold and not have wasted too many chips) in this instance you will have a good read on the player and can try pop him even if you missed to try and steal the pot away from him. etc.
These arent hard and fast rules but you need to monitor the players at your table.
What you can also try to do is use something like tournament indicator.
This utility has many functions, such as automatically calculating and displaying your M ratio, displaying your pot odds
, counts and displays your outs etc
It has an additional and very important function where it tracks the hands your opponents have played and classes them into various classes. Tight, loose, gambler, calling station, etc
It uses a number of different algorithms to class each player and has a look at things like VP$IP, percentage of hands won at showdown, percentage of preflop raises etc
This can help you monitor the players at your table, and you can also save notes into the utility.
By using a tool like TI and keeping a few notes, you can identify who the gamblers are, who are the tight agressive players, etc
and then you can again start putting them on ranges of hands and decide if you are going to call their preflop raises or not.
After a while you will know who you can call with k10 suited and who you going to instafold AJ to.
I hope this helps