The word “texture” has several meanings according to Wikipedia. The most common is “visual quality and especially surface touch.” Another definition is “the characteristic structure of the braids, strands, or the like, which make up a textile fabric.” Referring to art, texture is “the visual characteristic and surface touch quality of a work of art that results from the way the material is used.” And there’s more.
My favorite definition: Texture is the “essential or characteristic quality or essence” of something. That’s how we use terms in poker visit poker88. “Table texture” refers to the nature of the game played at a particular table. The texture depends on the properties of the players at the table who participated during that time period: What kind of players are they? How does this manifest itself when the hand is played?
Poker players come in all categories – and sizes and shapes. Some are tight, playing only strong starting hands, fold if the flop doesn’t raise their hand. On the contrary, some are very loose, just looking at the flop of almost every hand. (Those are the PokerPigeons we look for a lot.)
Players may be aggressive (even “maniacs”), often betting and raising. Or they may be just the opposite: passive, rarely lifting, just calling – or folding.
Shy players don’t avoid risk; If their card doesn’t become the hand over the flop, they usually trick them, and often fold to raise. Whereas call stations tend to stay in the pot until the end, once they’ve invested in seeing the flop. (It’s hard to bully a player like that.) Deceptive players often bluff and employ tactics like slow play and check-and-lift after you’ve bet.