Let’s examine what we think a dangerous player is to us. Players that we respect, fear, admire, and would like to imitate, all at the same time. Most of us have heard the old saying, “If you don’t know who the fish is in the game after the first fifteen minutes, then it’s you.” Let us take this one step further, and look at it a bit differently. “If you don’t know who the most dangerous player in your game is within the first fifteen minutes, then you don’t belong in that game.” This of course does not apply if you happen to be the most dangerous player in the game. Let us assume that you are not the most dangerous player in the game, and want to know who is. What traits would look for to find out? It is just as important to know the player that you should fear in a game, as it is to know which players you can intimidate, or out-play.
What would you consider the traits to look for to judge whether a player can be dangerous competition to you in (Hold’em, Stud, Omaha etc.) A player that you would consider “dangerous” in so far as deceitful play, changing gears, betting or raising strategy, that would cause you to play very carefully against him.
I would consider a dangerous player one that I could rarely put on a hand. A player who appears to play a generally proper tight and aggressive game, but is still deceptive enough to surprise you repeatedly when they do show down a hand.