This is a discussion on Getting beyond Fish vs. Shark within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; I know there have been loads of Fish vs Shark type posts. I'd like to steer the discussion to focus a bit more on what
I know there have been loads of Fish vs Shark type posts. I'd like to steer the discussion to focus a bit more on what we really mean when refer to someone as a Fish vs Shark.
It goes without saying that the fish basically sucks and the shark is there to eat the fish.
But that is overly simplistic, and one fish is not the same as another. In fact, treating all fish the same will result in you being one of the cry-babies who moans after losing AA to 27o.
So...what are the characteristics then, of your typical fish? How many of these bad habits does a person need to have before we label them as fish?
Not positionally aware
Too loose, especially out of position.
Folds easily to aggression.
Ignorant to pot odds.
Fails to defend blinds
Bet sizing always proportional to hand strength
What other attributes of a typical FISH have I missed?
What are the attributes of someone you'd call a shark?
I think that once we compile a list with input from everyone here, we can then start labelling players at the tables with codified fish habits. We can then add them to our notes or HUDs when we play, and accumulate some good intel. Of course, CC intel has a shelflife. You buggers keep getting better...and are wise to my tricks!
Oh dear. I'm 50% Fish. Although I've solved the folding on the river issue. Which you (and James) have cured me of.
Maybe the other 4 are why I can't go professional.
I think the main attribute of a fish chasing draws, especially tiny small ones!
Failing to read other players and situation.
Thinking the game is just luck and not seeing how good players are successful.