I see posts a lot that start out with something like "villain sees hero as a capable TAG who has been card dead but respects his game and knows he can mix it up." and I gotta wonder, "really?"
I always wonder about these kind of statements. I'm not really sure how most players view me from day to day. too many factors may influence their in the moment perception. are they winning, loosing, new to the table, paying more attention to other players, watching something on their phone, ordering food, etc, etc. there are some players, yes, that i feel in the moment fear me or want to gamble with me or want to make a play on me or are ready to stack off etc but I'm not setting up an elaborate fancy play with all my chips based on what I think their perception of me is. it might influence my decisions in the moment under limited circumstances but it's going to be more the difference between how much I value bet the river or if i make a C-bet when an Ace hits the turn. It's not a matter of pulling some crazy Viffer move where I'm suddenly going to bluff my 200 BB stack off because I'm counting on my opponent caring that I haven't played a hand for the last hour so therefore he MUST fold top pair because he respects my play so much.