Can statistics show the art of playing in no-limit hold'em? To play poker with high stakes(in no-limit hold'em and half-limit Omaha), you need to be able to constantly monitor what other players think about your game. Some players very often resort to bluffing and semi-bluffing, but in a game with big stakes like they will do so much less often, and this will also affect how you will play against them. Strong players in the game do not have so many weaknesses that you could use. Is there a statistic that can help you understand how someone is playing against you on?

The first thing I do when assessing the opponent in a game with large stakes, is the level of his aggressiveness in the game against me. In his previous article, "The Common Scale of Aggression(TAR): How Little Can Tell You A Lot," I wrote about the significance of the aggressiveness factor and that in practice it is less reliable than the aggressiveness scale. The use of the rating system simplifies my process of thinking at the table. It allows me to think faster and more accurately, and with a simultaneous game at 4-6 tables this can make the difference between making the right decision and losing several hundred dollars. Such a system gives you clues about how opponents play if all bets are equal or close in size.

In addition, there is another kind of statistics that helps me understand how I'm judged by other players. Such statistics are accurately considered poker tracker'om, in a live game for this you need memory and notes. To measure me is the amount of money, both won and lost to the opponent in relation to the number of hands played with him. Such statistics allows me to separate the frequency of their stakes against me from their size. Sometimes in the game this comparison(as well as colored notes and rating) can lead me on a completely unexpected path, for example, help me to open a lot of bluffs in both no-limit hold'em and half-limit Omaha. I call this statistics the "amount of bets". I repeat that this is a measurement of the overall size of my opponents' bets against me in relation to what I expected from the number of hands that we played together.

How do I expect this? The proportion is as follows:

(Total won amount+ ABS(Total lost amount) /(number of wins+ number of losses)

I use this simple statistics in most of the games I play, but with a program like Pokertracker I can tell exactly how often and how much exactly a particular opponent has put against me and how often and how much I lost. In a live game, I rely on memory, which is not so accurate. However, I often get the feeling that I understand how my opponent is playing against me. In online statistics is directly in front of me.

I play poker with big bets and in front of me there is a difficult decision: am I playing with a liar? Or is there a saint in front of me? On what information should I concentrate? I analyze my opponent's aggressiveness rating in relation to his betting volume against me. I'm trying to figure out whether it matches the circuit or drops out of it(and I also use the colored note on my opponent to assess his tendency to bluff). If my opponent has a high rating, but the low amount of bets, my assumption will be that he plays loose-aggressive at low stakes, but becomes much more reserved at high stakes. In addition, some players can use their tight image in order to bluff against me. Opponents with whom it is easiest to play are those whose rating and volume of bets coincide. Below is a table of top-10 players in the degree of aggressiveness in a mixed game(NLHE and PLO) with the corresponding amount of bets.

The colors I used to break the players into categories: darker ones - for more aggressive players(but in different situations), lighter ones - to indicate passivity(again in different situations). Color tells me about those moments when they show their passivity or aggressiveness, and the numbers tell me about the frequency.

Orange - MAG(mega-aggressive / prone to sudden aggression), can exhibit aggression in any situation.

Black - TAG, can exhibit aggression in any situation.

Purple - LAG, especially in the early stages of the game.

Light-blue - tight player in the early stages, too often comes to showdown. Usually not too much bluffing, and then it's semi-bluffing.

Yellow - tight-passive, nitric. Usually does not bluff and can throw off even the best hand.

Pink is an unknown new player. This means that I will be aggression from the very beginning, but gradually I will become tight if it starts showing hands on at least a medium strength at showdowns.