Poker Tips: Rule One of Poker: Know Your Enemy; THIS WEEK John Underlines the Importance of Weighing-Up Your Opponents
Byline: John Duthie
WHEN you first sit down in a No Limit Texas Hold'em game you should always spend a bit of time eyeing up your opponents, forming a loose opinion of the type of person they are and what level of experience they appear to have.
You can always adjust your initial observations based on their style of play and the number of hands they like to be involved in, but to begin with all you have is the way they're dressed, their age, the way they handle their chips etc.
As the game progresses, try to remember how many hands each player has taken part in and whether or not they are a loose and aggressive player or a solid and tight player. You can vary your own play against the players based on these observations. As I am in Vegas at the moment I often find myself playing with players I have never seen before and I immediately categorise them into various groups. There seem to be an increasingly large number of young fearless players who have learnt the game on the internet and like to play with any two cards. Now the only way to beat these guys is to make sure that you are starting with a better hand than them and wherever possible, you have to re-raise them before the flop to at least give them the opportunity to fold. …