How Should You React to an Unknown Player?

unknown-opponentsA new face walks into the poker room, bellies up to the poker table and before long, you have to make a crucial decision as to the way the new face plays. Outside of poker theory, how are you supposed to adjust to the play of someone you do not even know?

You will often have very little time to assess someone’s tendencies accurately from the way he has played. You will have to use other available information to make the best decision possible.

The abundance of personality theories can overwhelm you. All sorts of detailed explanations as to the `why’ a person behaves the way they do. There are myriad `people types’ that supposedly make it easier to understand an individual.

From the Zodiac, to the Chinese Year types, from Enneagrams to more widely accepted psychiatric groupings, many purport to be able to predict certain behaviors and even future events in a person’s life as well as explaining why a person does the things that he does.

Regardless of the claims or acceptability of certain stereotyping techniques, I am only concerned with how accurately one can assess how a stereotype might behave given circumstances in poker games. Does a person being a Capricorn tell you about how likely he is to call a big bluff in a certain situation?

I don’t think so, and that is why there are no other references to Zodiac signs when it comes to the discussion of profiling poker players on this site. What follows is a series of articles designed to give you real insight.

The more accurately you can profile their personality, the better you will be able to predict what they will do in a situation. Using good observation skills, you now need to know how to piece together the puzzle: their personality. This will be the first step in determining whether a player is tight or loose.

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