Trapping Versus Aggression
Once you learn the basics, get a feel for hand strength, in relation to position, the next question begins to be what kind of players your opponents are. Basically, trappers try to lure the aggressive in, whenever they believe they have a superior chance. The aggressive try to wrest control of the hand by combining raises that lay claim to scare cards on the board. Those who can expertly combine the two methods have just about everyone befuddled. A trapper tends to be less likely to play marginal hands, unless there is a perceived personal rush involved. The aggressive act as if they've hit it big, in order to scare away those who are afraid their hand isn't good enough. For the trapper, folding is the appearance of weakness that traps the aggressive later. For the aggressive, getting caught bluffing can embolden others who unwarily walk into then a monster hand. Similarly, a monster hand can be leveraged for believability on bluffs. The aggressive bluffs can be even more effective when cold-cards are playing any two cards or many marginal hands. They're missing alot of flops and have no way of defending themselves against those large aggressive raises.