Learning to read and play properly against various players depends upon their style, and how quickly you are able to read a poker player’s “style”. Most poker players fall into one of four categories, and once you are experienced enough, you will be able to determined your opponents into particular groups by quickly observing how many starting hands a player typically plays, and the player’s betting patterns.

Playing Styles :

Below is a definition of the different types of poker players you will find online and in live games. As you play poker, you should try to pick up as much information about a player to accurately place them into a category. However, poker pros can change their style of play very quickly to mislead the rest of the table.


A tight-passive player is one that won’t raise or call unless they have a very strong hand. They wait for great starting hands and big flops, and then they come after everyone all of a sudden.This type of player is normally best suited for limit Texas Hold’em poker and are very easy to bluff out of a pot because they very seldom take a risk on their hand. If a tight passive player calls your raise, simply fold if you do not have a strong hand.


Loose passive players are also known as “calling stations” and are sometimes referred to as “fish”, since they’re easy to defeat. They call any bet you place and it’s best to avoid bluffing these players if you do not have a strong hand. They’ll very seldom fold once they have seen the flop.


These players will only bluff occasionally and choose their starting hands carefully. The will either Bet or Raise significantly if they do play or just Fold without seeing the flop at all.

They only play good hands and once they have got that hand they will bet aggressively. Beware when this player raises he could end up taking a huge chunk out of your stack, this is because they usually make aggressive bets/raises when they hit their hand. They only risk their chips when they have a strong hand.


This style is typically common among the most famous poker players. These players have no problem going “all-in” and they’ll aggressively bet or raise with just about anything , but the best loose-aggressive players will mix up their aggressive and passive play, it’s hard to read their hands. They go all-in with a pair of aces or just a simple 4, 5. This adds a beneficial bluff factor to his game.