In poker, the concept of image implies an image of a player that he himself has formed in order to gain an advantage over rivals in a game. On the way to victory in a game with live opponents, the image is among the most important tools. He has a little less importance in online poker. Nevertheless, in an online game in some situations, the generated image can be as effective as in a game with live opponents. To successfully play poker, you need to be able to create an image and be able to use it.
Image creation. Basics
Most beginners confuse or misunderstand two concepts: image and style of play. After reading the articles on the types of poker styles, they choose the style they like best and try to match it in everything. The mistake of beginners is that they do not understand: the image and style of the game are completely different concepts.
The style of the game is chosen based on the specific situation during the game. This takes into account factors such as the stage of the tournament, the size of the stack, the level of rivals and so on. The image is different: it is not created under the influence of the conditions of the game. They form an image for gaining advantage in the game, by misleading the opponents. For example, the most common technique is to create the image of a loose player. If a strong player at a particular table is considered a novice, he will be able to earn more money at that table.
The opposite image is difficult to create. For example, a player enters a bid only when he has a good starting hand. After some time, this feature of entry into the bidding notice rivals. After that, they will start a more cautious game against the player. To the player himself, such a situation would be disadvantageous, since it would interfere with large chances of forming large banks with a high chance of winning. To avoid such a situation, the player should begin to take care of how his opponents will perceive him, as soon as he sits down to play. It is possible that the player to create the image will have to lose a little money, entering the auction with garbage and showing an inadequate game. In this way he can form the image of a loose player. This image will help the player to get more money by collecting a larger bank when he has really good cards.