If you use poker software that profiles your adversaries, then you also figure that the icons are applied to categorise your opponent’s style of play visually. An opponent’s style can be wide ranging as in excessively combative to exceedingly tight.
Normally when you find a player that has loose and/or aggressive character he is designated an icon that may not be so complementary. The icon could be a figure of a die, a duck, or an moneky or something along those lines. When such a profile is designated, there is inherently something sorry about their statistics. They could be calling too much, betting too often or just plain playing too much. Now you don’t necessarily want to be affixed with one these icons yourself, especially long term, however, when your opponents have such a profile it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are also-rans either.
This can easily be misconstrued, because players with foolish profiles are broadly speaking the players you want to be playing against and isolating with your good cards. The problem with these players though, is that some of them are playing that way deliberately, and setting their opponents up for a big pot where they are a big favorite. I often look at these players’ statistics and do a check and balancedouble check on their profile by seeing how their stack has changed. In other words if they have a gambler icon and profile, but their stack has increased at the table, my first impression is of them, will not be that of a weak player. In fact, I would consider them a very hazardous opponent until proven otherwise.
Not only that, if somebody is making money at your table consistently – especially in no limit hold’em cash games, you should find out all you can about what he is doing and why he is doing it. It makes no difference how his stats show up in your poker software, it would be wise to dig a little deeper and learn from such an opponent who can apparently adapt his game to circumstances at hand.
The truth is, you can own a poor profile icon by playing too many losing pots, but in texas no limit hold’em ring games your profitability commonly is the result of a select few large hands during the course of the session. You have got to realize by, it’s not difficult to build a poor image online. It takes a lot of skill and experience though, to make it work for you and when you find a player who’s doing this, well then, feel fortunate for getting a darned free lesson.