Player Types

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney


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Table of Contents + Time Links

  1. (0:00) Intro
  2. (1:17) Nits (Rocks, Super Tight Players)
    1. (3:15) How to play against a Nit
    2. (5:35) HH Examples
      1. (5:35) Example 1 - Hero raises AKo UTG, Nit on the BTN 3bets
      2. (7:07) Example 2 - Betting vs. checking on 983A board with AQ after cbetting the turn
        1. (8:47) Example 2a - Betting as a bluff with KQ on the same board. [double barrel]
  3. (9:57) Tag (Tight-aggressive, Reg)
    1. (11:49) How to play against a Tag
    2. (14:16) HH Examples
      1. (14:16) Example 1 - 3betting Tags
        1. (15:29) Example 1a - 4betting Tags
  4. (17:00) Lag (Loose-aggressive)
    1. (19:38) How to play against a Lag [cold calling is covered in Common Mistakes Pt. 2]
    2. (22:42) HH Examples
      1. (22:42 ) Example 1 - 3betting Lag player as a bluff with 94o on the BTN
      2. (23:48) Example 2 - Check/calling turn vs. Lag with TT on 863K board
  5. (25:14) A-Fish (Aggressive-fish, maniac)
    1. (27:38) HH Examples
      1. (27:38) Example 1 - TPTK on the flop vs. A-Fish, playing OOP
      2. (31:07) Example 2 - Cold calling instead of 3betting with AQ preflop, calling 3 streets with TPGK [implied odds]
  6. (32:57) P-Fish (Passive-fish, calling station)
    1. (35:30) How to play against P-Fish [EV]
    2. (36:51) HH Examples
      1. (36:51) Example 1 - Value betting vs. P-Fish with AA, get raised on turn [Baluga theorem]
      2. (38:45) Example 2 - Value betting 3 streets with KK overpair
  7. (39:52) Video recap

Player Types.


  • Type: Concept
  • Stakes: -
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:40:46
  • Added: 08 October 2011

Video overview.

This player types concept video covers the 6 different types of players you will come up against when playing NLHE cash games and how to beat them. The 6 general types of players are:

  1. Nits – Rocks
  2. Tags – Tight-aggressive players, Regs
  3. Lags – Loose-aggressive players
  4. A-Fish – Aggressive fish, Maniacs
  5. P-Fish – Passive fish, Calling stations
  6. Unknowns
SplitSuit's 6 Types of Poker Player
The 6 types of poker player you will come up against.

For each of these different players types, SplitSuit goes over:

  • How to identify the type of player (occasionally using VPIP/PFR stat examples).
  • How to play profitably against them.
  • A few hand history examples of how to play optimally against them.

As mentioned, this concept video includes a fair amount of references to stats, so if you're not familiar with all that stuff then you'll want to check out Split's HUD Ninja video and/or my VPIP and PFR stat articles.

This isn't an all-encompassing strategy video tutorial to beating any and every cash game poker player. It's more of a general guide on how to play more optimally against the various types of bad players in Texas Hold'em cash games.

It should help you to build a solid foundation and improve your strategical approach to the different players and playing styles that are out there.

Spectrum of Player Types Based on VPIP
The tight-loose spectrum that SplitSuit uses to help illustrate the different player types' opening ranges.

About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

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