Poker is a game of cards, but in fact it is so much more than that. To be able to compete in the higher stake levels, you must know how to utilize table images. This will, in fact be indispensable, especially when you are up against the more experienced players.
Poker table image basically refers to two things: the way that the other players on the table perceive your style of play, and also the way that you analyze and categorize your opponents' styles.
The importance of this cannot be underestimated; simply put, the way that you play the game will determine the way that the other individuals on the Poker table will harness their strategies.
There are many different types of Poker table images, but most new players fall under those of the fish or weak passive types. The fish is known for calling incessantly. He does not know a lot about the game, and will be content to be just playing. Therefore he will refuse to be bluffed and always call so he can be part of the action.
The weak passive type projects an easy to read Poker table image. They are easily intimidated by aggressive plays, and are very reluctant to part with their chips. Therefore, they will often fold.
Another common type of Poker table image are that of loose players or maniacs. Basically, these players will go on and raise any hand they have. What they lack in actual skills they will try to compensate for by aggression. Although they may win a few pots, their lack of discipline often causes them to bust.
If you are new, the Poker table image that you will want to project most of the time sis that of the tight aggressive. Here you will only play with the select cards, and thus avoid the pitfalls and errors the others make. Also, by having this type of image, the other players on the table will have a more difficult time pinning you down.
Unlike the fish, weak passive or maniac, which pros can easily handle being tight aggressive is more difficult to handle. However, you simply cannot project this image; you need to have knowledge of true Poker skills.
Of course, there will be Poker players who will be able to crack even tight aggressive plays, so the best approach in the end may be to diversify your image. By learning the ways of the players on the table, you can be loose, tight, feign weakness or project strength.
By having a table image that is difficult to pigeonhole, you will be able to win more games and pots.