Player Types - A Glossary (1 Viewer)

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A lot of labels get thrown around for player types. And they often get used differently - which is FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG.

In the vein of Geek, Dweeb, or Spaz , we should discuss what all these player labels really mean. My first attempt is below. Please edit and add away.


THE LABELS

Fish - a bad player who loses money generally through passive play; calls weak, not very aggressive, takes poor lines on bluffs and nutted hands alike

Calling Station - A specific type of fish who never seems to bet but calls down weak hands and marginal draws way too often

ABC - A solid fundamental player not capable of creative moves; opens with a strong range, bets for value, folds when they don't have it


Maniac - a bad player who is hyper aggressive; loses over time but wins huge some nights

Rec - someone who plays in home games and casinos/card rooms occasionally; too good to be a 'fish' but an amateur player with amateur moves

Reg - someone who plays in a particular room multiple days a week; knows other regs and knows dealers - not necessarily skilled or unskilled

Pro - someone who plays poker for a living; can be a losing player but not for very long

Whale - a fish, maniac, or rec who has enough money that they don't have high regards for the stakes they are playing

OMC (Old Man Coffee) - VPIPs with AA, KK, QQ, AKs only; always expects they should win when dealt these hands; does not need to be old, a man, or have coffee

Euro - Does not necessarily need to be from Europe, just needs to not talk at the table, be wearing at least one unnecessary item or more on their head, and tank before every action

GTO Bot - A Euro minus the unnecessary head items

Finance Bro - Young male who looks like he is in college to be a finance professional or is in his early years of his finance professional; usually overdressed and in a pack with other finance bros; overestimates ability based on that one 4 table tourney they final tabled at the Aria two years ago and chopped 7 ways; aggressive in weird spots

Angler/Scumbag - Regularly makes less-than-ethical actions at the table (e.g. saying "you're good" but holding on to their cards in hopes the other player will muck)

Harvester - A player trying to get low denomination chips to cherry pick; not very focused on the game

Drunk/Drugged Out/Space Cadet - A player under the influence or with other reasons for limited mental capacity; actions separated from strategy, and generally unaware of the game.

Regulator/Poker Police - Critical of dealer and player actions, regularly citing proper action according to the rules. May be negative (a "mis") or may be trying to annoying educate (a "professor")



THE MODIFIERS

Mis - a negative person who seeks mistakes by players, dealers, and floor staff and berates them; 'always' gets bad things and 'never' gets good things

Good - someone who is more skilled than their standard profile would suggest (e.g. Good Rec, Good Reg)

Aggro/Aggressive - someone who bets and raises often, or folds - often calls

Tight/TAG - plays a smaller range preflop, bluffs and semi-bluffs less, bets generally for value

Loose/LAG - plays a larger range of hands pre-flop, bluffs and semi-bluffs more, more likely to call with suboptimal draws

Passive - someone who bets and raises little; often calls
 
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The Existentialist - any of the above labels evolve into this archetype after taking their 20th gummie. Also referred to as The Alien.
Generally is trying to figure out if this is real life while jamming pre every hand.

Not to be confused with The BORG, which reaches depths equal to the heights of The Existentialist. This arch type is generally upset this is real life while jamming pre every hand.

After writing this, I have no idea how I’ve been a winning player this year.
 
Anyway…

More useful to me than the standard labels are players I’m familiar with from about 12 years of home games, social hall games, other underground/private games.

If dealing with an unknown at a casino or other new game, I try to fit whatever information I can glean about them to names of regs from my games whose play I know well.

I’ll see someone make a couple of moves, or behave/talk a certain way, and start thinking of them as a Marc… or a Marty, or a Brandon, or a Thomas, or an Ed, or a Mike, etc. What would I do in this spot against Rob? I can ask myself.

As more information accrues, I’ll try to reassign their type to a different familiar adversary, or a combination of people whose style I know.

This is admittedly imprecise, but it is better than flying blind and just assuming every unknown player is ABC, or TAG, or whatever the preferred default may be.
 
Player (IDGAF) - "I DONT GIVE A F....", talks during hands that he is not a part of, frequent angler, disturbing your free time, often laudest at the table, tries to interpret rules at his favour
Player (REGULATOR) - see Gus Hansen book "Every hand reviled.."
 
Player (IDGAF) - "I DONT GIVE A F....", talks during hands that he is not a part of, frequent angler, disturbing your free time, often laudest at the table, tries to interpret rules at his favour
Player (REGULATOR) - see Gus Hansen book "Every hand reviled.."
LOL yes, I'd definitely include the first, "The Distruptor". Never knows its his turn, bets out of turn and argues that it doesn't matter, loud sighs and always says stupid things like "I would've had two pair!" after the flop hits.
 
I identify as an aggro Rec whale fish
Player (IDGAF) - "I DONT GIVE A F....", talks during hands that he is not a part of, frequent angler, disturbing your free time, often laudest at the table, tries to interpret rules at his favour
Player (REGULATOR) - see Gus Hansen book "Every hand reviled.."
I think we need a name for the constant angler. At one of my local card rooms they call them "Slimy".

The "you're good" who don't release their cards into the muck, regularly betting out of action, pump-fake checks, etc.

Anyone got a name for this? Just an "Angler"?
 
I think we need a name for the constant angler. At one of my local card rooms they call them "Slimy".

The "you're good" who don't release their cards into the muck, regularly betting out of action, pump-fake checks, etc.

Anyone got a name for this? Just an "Angler"?
The Worm
 
The "you're good" who don't release their cards into the muck
Woahhh. Wait, this why? They're trying to get a non suspecting person to throw their cards away by assuming Slime was folding to a bet or similar?

That's like not welcome back at a local club level bs to me, that's crazy.
 
Woahhh. Wait, this why? They're trying to get a non suspecting person to throw their cards away by assuming Slime was folding to a bet or similar?

That's like not welcome back at a local club level bs to me, that's crazy.
yeah. it's not too rare though - I've encountered it a bunch. I have a guy who even does it in my home game sometimes (I don't think on purpose but not 100% sure?).

Always have to ask as dealer "So are you mucking/folding?"
 
What about player - "What game are we playing?" Scoop!!
 
Cat pants can you build a randomizer so we can randomly assign ourselves player types each day

Gettin tired of maniac fish whale
 
Ok I was at a table live earlier this week...

What do you call those omaha players who won't flip their cards at show down and keep staring to see if they "have something" but won't show to let the table tell them. Then flip out cards one at a time but still won't show the last two.

I was at an almost whole table of these MFers. Every single showdown was like two or three minutes. It was so bad I literally left to play the tournament. Yes, that bad.
 

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