I was having trouble with picking a topic to write about for a blog entry, but I have been fiddling around with my colour coding scheme on PokerStars recently and thought I would share it with you.
You get 8 colours to choose from, (I do try and add notes where I can as well) and they put a big ring around each villain, which is very handy for quickly identifying what kind of player you are up against when you are in a hand.
- Very good reg
- This is reserved for the regs that have the trifecta of high ROI, profit and total games played figures. It's a safe bet that at any given time, in any given situation, they will be playing well.
- Approx ROI: 8%+, Total Profit: $25k+, No. of games: 10k+
- Most likely to: 3bet you when you expect them to fold.
- This is for solid winners in the games over a decent sample. I expect them to be making solid decisions most of the time. Some might be very good regs that haven't quite proven themselves profit or volume wise just yet.
- Approx ROI: 6%+, Total Profit: $10k+, No. of games: 5k+
- Most likely to: Snap call you in the big blind with Q5 after you've shoved the small blind with 56s.
- These are the guys that are beating the games, but not for a great amount. Although somewhat solid players, they are bound to have leaks here and there, and are liable to play too tight in certain spots, and often call too liberally in others.
- Approx ROI: 2%-5%, Total Profit: $8k+, No. of games: 4k+
- Most likely to: Spite call you with A9 on the bubble in a bad ICM spot
- For want of a better term. these are the 'rakeback whores' (perhaps FPP Pro is slightly less abusive!) that are usually putting in a lot of volume, but can't beat the games. To the naked eye, they might seem like they play okay, but are likely to have various leaks. Often, post-flop play isn't their favourite thing.
- Approx ROI: 0%-1%, Total Profit: $0k+, No. of games: 4k+
- Most likely to: Open shove preflop for 30 big blinds with AQ
- There aren't a whole lot of them around, but these are the players that are losing players, and are often barely breaking even after rakeback. I honestly don't know what compels them to grind, because even when you fall into categories 1 or 2, grinding isn't a huge amount of fun. Why don't you go play World of Warcraft or something!
- Approx ROI: -1% to -5%, Total Profit: -$x, No. of games: 3k+
- Most likely to: Cold call your open raise from an 8 big blind stack.
- Also most likely to: Have their Sharkscope stats blocked!
- I work on the assumption that anyone I don't have colour coded is a fish, however I do reserve the green for those players that are beyond terrible and have proven this over a decent number of games.
- Approx ROI: -15% or worse, Total Profit: -$4k or less, No. of games: 1k+
- Most likely to: Limp/call K8 pre-flop and 4-bet shove the flop when it comes down 389.
- These are usually the players I have accumulated a lot of hands on, and are in some kind of profit, but only a small amount, and are yet to put in enough volume for me to establish what kind of reg they are. In truth, they could fall into any one of categories 1-5, but they are very unlikely to be fish and are probably playing somewhat decent.
- Approx ROI: 4%+, Total Profit: $3k+. No. of games: 1k+
- Most likely to: confuse you because you don't know quite how good they are!
- Unfortunately you can't mark regs with two colours, as there are a few I know who would get this one as well! I just tend to whack this on people who I know I have to be careful with on the bubble, as they simply do not understand the concept of ICM. You might shove on them in a spot where they need a top 5% hand and they snap call you with K9. They just presume that being ahead of your range is sufficient. Or sometimes just having a pretty hand they want to play suffices!
- Approx ROI: Any, Total Profit: Any, No. of games: Any
- Most likely to: Call off their chips with 68s on the bubble
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