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Taking Player Notes Tips

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Every time you play poker you should be aware f the actions performed by your opponents and also what their style of play is. Particularly in poker Texas Hold'em it is important that you learn how to play not just your cards but also your opponent.

As a consequence, you should choose your actions and make them profitable by taking into account the way your opponent plays. Taking notes is an easy but effective way of remembering the style of play your opponent has in key moments.

The advantages of taking player notes

In most online poker rooms you'll find a feature that will allow you to take notes on players at the table. Besides, in some sites you'll even have the chance to put tags on players with different colors and symbols so as to identify them.

At Full-Tilt Poker you'll find a feature that is really good to take notes on poker players because you are allowed to tag your opponents with colors and take notes at the same time. This feature turns out to be really useful.

When you take notes on the other players/cite> it is easy to find information about players who have previously played with but you don't remember since the last time you were in the same table with them. You should try to keep notes simple so that you don't have to decipher it the next time you need it.

Make sure your notes are easy to understand and simple, you don't need to use a special code.

You want to have complete information but you also want it to be easy to read. Next we'll see what you should take notes of.

Key poker player notes

Style of play

A good way to start is to determine what the specific style of play of your opponent is, which can be one of the following:

  • Tight-Aggressive.
  • Tight-Passive.
  • Loose-Aggressive.
  • Loose-Passive.

You can learn this by watching them playing their hands. This information will be very helpful to you when you have to make a decision to call or fold in a difficult situation.

Suppose you have a decent hand and I your opponent makes a large bet, if you know that your opponent is Loose-Aggressive rather than Tight-Aggressive you'll probably decide to call. You can use short tags like TA, TP, LA and LP and stick them at the top of the note box in order to have a quick reference when you are looking for information about your opponents.

Other key information

Once you have taken notes on the style of play your opponent has you also should take notes on other aspects. Here is a list of important things you should take into account:

  • Do your opponents pay too much for draws?
  • Do your opponents bet draws?
  • Do your opponents make continuation bets?
  • Do your opponents make float plays?
  • Do your opponents over-value top pair?
  • Are your opponents a calling station?

These are the most important factors you should take into account about your opponent. These points are the ones that will help you most, though you can still take notes about small details. This happens because the points mentioned before will help you in several common situations throughout a game.

For example, if you are aware that your opponent over-values top pair, you should bet like crazy in case you have a monster hand instead of trying to slow play. Besides, when you know that your opponent pays too much with drawing hands, you should bet big when your opponent are drawing to make them pay and force them to make more and more mistakes by calling.

Taking player notes evaluation

You should find the note taking method that best works for you. However, the method described above is a good method and should help you take down the most important information about your opponents.

Remember that you should take notes after you have played a few hours with your opponents since it is not possible to build a precise picture in just a few minutes or a few poker hands. When you take notes, take them in an easy way that is simple to understand.

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