Are You a Poker Fish OR a Shark? (Part II)

We have previously discussed the ways that can help you decide if you are a poker fish or a shark. If you have not read yet, you must check out our blog Are You a poker Fish OR a Shark? (Part I)

Earlier we discussed some of the basic qualities of both types of players and how they differentiate. This time we will move further with little complex things that can help you be sure of your position in the game.

Without any further ado, let us get started –

Are You Aggressive While Playing?


Fishes are the poker players who are usually passive with their game. They wait to get strong cards to win. Their only way to win pots is by getting strong hands and winning at the showdown.

However, sharks have this quality of playing aggressive poker. They are just looking for opportunities to eat up their opponents. They play with both weak hands and strong hands. When they have weak hands, they know how to make their opponents fold. Their aggressive way of playing poker is what makes the other players fear most about them.

Do You Know When to Bluff?

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In poker, you can have a variety of hands. Strong hands help you win but when you get a weak hand that is when your poker techniques are being tested. Bluffing your opponent is usually helpful in such situations. Poker fishes usually do not know when and how to bluff. They over bluff and make other players suspicious of them.

However, how a shark responds to the same situation are the skills any player needs. They know how to bluff the opponents that force them to fold their cards. When you are against them you cannot really know if they have strong hands or weak hands. Bluffing at the right moment is what their skills include.

Are You Evaluating Your Poker Table?

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Not a lot of poker players give any serious attention to their poker tables. Fishes are one of them. They believe that their skills and luck are going to help them win the game. They cannot identify weak players on a poker table and end up being one themselves.

But, sharks very well know how important it is to evaluate the poker table that they are going to play on. They know that skills help them winning but having weak players opposite them will make their task simple. They always opt to play on a table where more fishes are playing.

Is Poker Your Passion?

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Your interest in the game also defines if you are a fish or a shark. Most players are just fascinated with the lifestyle that poker comes with. They want to play merely to earn which thus makes them desperate to win. They don’t have adequate knowledge but they want to play because they want to win. If you have this view towards poker, sooner or later, you will turn out to be a fish at poker.

Sharks, on the other hand, play the game for their passion. Poker is in their heads wherever they go. Even when they are not playing it, they are improving their skills by some or the other means. They read books; take online coaching, watch movies, etc., all for their passion for the game.

All these above-listed points will help you get a clearer idea of your poker.  Also, note that no single point can give you clarity about your game. Say, you evaluate your poker tables but do not have other required poker skills; you cannot then say that you are a shark now.

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