What you have to notice on your opponent are the extra ordinary things that he may be doing. Does that particular poker player make small or big raises, or maybe played some cards which should have been folded, or reveal cards which are quite unexpected.
Know the normal and it is easy to pick up the extra ordinary things an opponent does. Here is a short list of things that you want to learn about a poker player’s betting patterns:
It is not that often that you get very good starting cards. You will notice players raise when they get a favorable hand, you might want to observe how often they do this and if they are going a bit more than usual. You also want to take note how he raises from different positions on the table. If you have an opponent who is a bit tight when on the early position, and then raises during late positions, then most likely you have someone who knows how to play.
Experienced poker players vary their management of big hands. Some will bet when he gets hold of an excellent hand while some players will just check. You have to remember that you need to vary your game. Checking every time you hit is a very easy pattern to recognize and other players can make you pay badly when they recognize your playing pattern.
You need to see how much a poker player tends to bluff when he misses a draw. Again bluffing is another side of your game that you need to vary or you might be made to pay by your more experienced opponents.
When playing in a no limit hold’em, you need to gauge the aggressiveness of the player especially during tournaments. Is limping a sign of weakness? Yes and no. You can limp in but still show some might on the poker table so other players will not try to steal from you. When other players respect your limp, you will more get more chances at the pot without spending so much.