Thursday, July 7, 2011

Table Image (Psychology Viewpoint)

Table image is the perception other players may form about another player. The most common table image labels are: loose, aggressive, passive, or tight. Other, more specific labels include: places too much value in hands, calling stations, weak, likeliness of 3bet or shove, plays only nuts.

A mistake people often make when "forming" a table image is that they begin "playing into" their image too quickly. Complaints of "I was playing so tight the whole night, how do you fucking call me?" often arise.

Also, when you have "formed" a table image, some players use their image and incorrectly target players. The more novice an opponent is, the less likely they are to notice your "image". The table image you perceive of yourself may not match the other player's image of you.

Once you have established you table image make sure that your plays still make sense. For example if you have a very tight/aggressive table image and you decide to mix up your gameplay with low suited-connectors, you should play the hand consistent with your image.

Post contributed by: Everyday Psychology


  1. valuable tip. it's the little things you can spot that make you that little bit better at the table.

  2. Hmm very interesting, I tend to do this alot, i guess this makes me human :)

  3. i play poker alot, i have this image that i really bluff alot.
    it puts me in good situations mostly, though sometimes its why i get my ass kicked and loose all my chips.
    thanks for the advice!
    +1 and following this graet blog

  4. I dont poker alot, but thanks for tips anyway, will try to use em.

  5. Sure. It's always important to consider the perception others have of you, specially when money is at risk.

  6. mixing it up works most of the time +followed

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  8. Tip 1 never gamble.