Poker tables develop certain characteristics that can change over time. It depends on the nature of the players at the table.
We often talk about the “texture” of the table when games are played. It can be passive, with a very limited increase. It can be aggressive, with a lot of stakes and raising almost every round of betting. (There is usually a limit to the number of raises allowed during each betting round). It can be tight, with several people playing each hand. It can get loose, with four or more players investing to see the flop of nearly every pot, with many of them sticking around for the bout POKEREVOS
Table textures can also be a combination, such as loose-aggressive or tight-passive. A skilled player took all of this into account as he sat at the table and prepared to engage. He was carefully observing how his opponent played their hands. If the game is “too tight,” he looks for change at the table. He knows he can’t win money at a table like that, especially considering the cost to play (roughly $ 25 per hour – or more, in short-handed games).
He also doesn’t like games that he finds too aggressive. Then it cost too much pre-flop to keep seeing the flop with as many hands he wanted to play. If he played frequently at the casino, he would know the traits of many of his opponents – very useful information. For example, when called to a table with several aggressive players, he could easily notify the floor clerk that he would be waiting for another table.
There are other player traits to consider. This includes the call stations (once they invest in the pot, they are there to get to the fight). There are deceptive players who often bluff, play slow, or raise salaries. But such payers do not control the character (“texture”) of the game.
By all means, take their nature into account when making decisions when playing against summoning stations and highly deceptive opponents. But, generally, that’s no excuse for avoiding the table. (Position is much more important.)
There are two other types of players I would prefer not to have on my table. First of all, I labeled it “my nemeses.” This is an opponent that almost always makes me river when I hold a strong enough hand against them. It’s as if the poker gods prefer them to me.
The second type is a player who never smiles, never talks to other people at the table – except berating them when the action goes in the opponent’s favor. (Note: I’ve never seen a woman display such characteristics.)
I call these people “angry players.” When they lose the big jug, they scowl at their opponent and may even shout out loud: “You idiot! You should have folded at the start! ”
At times, I have seen such a player, overcome with rage, and in rage, throw his cards roughly at the dealer (as if it was his fault that he lost the pot).
Apart from coming home a winner, one of the things I look for when playing poker is the social interaction the game offers – enjoying people at the table.
Often, with a nod and a slight smile, they will say “good flop” or “good catch in the river” after their opponent has shown a winning hand. Quite the opposite with “angry players.” I prefer to avoid it.
This also applies to dealers. Some behave like “angry players” – never smile; never a good word; Never “thank you” when a winner tips. Some seemed deaf to the players’ questions.
Personally, rather than changing tables when faced with such a dealer, it’s a good time to take a break from play.
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