I heard about him many times on TV, but who is he?
Johnny Chan aka the “Orient Express” is a legend in the poker world. I am sure that if you are a real poker enthusiast, you will know this player from his appearance in the poker movie Rounders. The movie contained footage of Chan’s bracelet win against Erik Seidel in the final table of the 1988 World Series of Poker Main Event. He slow played the nuts on the flop and got Erik to bluff all his chips on the River.
Predictable players are easier to play against than unpredictable players.
When predictable players act, the strength of their hand will typically be clear based on their actions. It may be that when they bet or raise, they have a strong hand. It may be that when they have a strong hand, they never raise on the Flop but always wait to raise on the Turn when the bet size doubles.
Conversely, it may be that when they raise on the Flop they never have a made hand but are raising for a free card. A good, sharp player has a better idea of the strength of predictable players’ hands based on their actions, although a poor player may not pick up on it. Different players will be predictable in different ways. Here are some of these stereotypes.