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What is a Calling Station in online poker and how should you play against one?
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What is a Calling Station in online poker and how should you play against one?

Date Published: 8th June 2019
Regardless of how enjoyable and entertaining poker can be, it’s common to find obnoxious players at the table, even when you’re playing online. This is because everyone has their own perspective when it comes to the game, and although it seems fun to them, their strategy may become extremely annoying in the long run.

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What Is A Calling Station?
A Calling Station is someone who plays more hands than average and yet remains strangely passive, as they rarely open with bets or raises. More often than not, a Calling Station’s strategy is to call, and that gets very frustrating after so long. Needless to say, this expression is not exactly complementary to the player, but there are quite a few Calling Station players in online poker.

How to Play Against a Calling Station?
Thankfully, it’s rather easy to defeat a Calling Station opponent, (especially if you’re a professional), but there’s a downside to it. The downside is that it can become extremely frustrating to play against an opponent like this. What you need to do, is to reduce bluffing as much as you possibly can, because if your opponent’s calls seem absurd, it’ll most likely be for nothing. At the same time, you should bet for value in spots that are considered too thin; it’s easy to achieve, as there are lots of opportunities throughout the game to fall back on.

Win With A Strong Strategy!
Most of the time, Calling Stations will call regardless of the size of the bet. This allows you to create a counter strategy where you use larger stakes for value bets. It’s probably the most efficient manner you can exploit their tendency with over-calling.

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Having a Calling Station as an opponent, often forces you, to some extent, to improve your patience skills and tighten up your game play. Remember, you’ll be setting traps throughout the entire game, and their passivity allows you to take the initiative, as you don’t have to wait for them to bet against you. Pay attention, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself at the same time.

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