Tight and loose poker styles
Poker, unlike other card games, is very dependent on psychology. When you learn to read and anticipate the behavior of your own competitors, you are halfway there.There are two main styles of poker: tight and loose.
Any of them is still divided into brutal and passive
The purpose of this article is not to identify which of them is better and more profitable, but to learn how to determine what style of poker play, tight or loose, your competitor uses at the table and, thanks to this, build an effective strategy against him.
Tight poker style
The tight style of play is characterized by caution, the least risk, and only entry into the process with strong or good hands. Usually, such players fold weak cards already before the flop. Their favorite compositions are pocket pairs (pairs of Aces, Rulers, Queens, Jacks, as well as Ace-King, Ace-Queen, King-Queen).
The game is characterized by anticipation.
Tight-passive play style
Tight-passive style of play is typical for inexperienced players. They are keen to see the next cards and raise only when their hand improves on the flop. If they raise post-flop, it’s a sign that a tight-passive opponent has a very strong composition and is likely to take the pot.
They don’t actually bluff
Strategy for playing against a tight-passive opponent:
Such players are predictable, all their moves are at their fingertips, and a suitable combination can be assembled inexpensively – use this, use a bluff. Playing against them is simple and easy, and not very profitable.
Tight-Aggressive Playstyle (TAG)
Tight-aggressive players also prefer to play with strong hands, but raise more often preflop and put pressure on them to fold. Usually, he gets into the fight for the pot with excellent compositions. This style of play is not suitable for tournaments, as the rising blinds can eat up his entire stake before a strong hand arrives.
But, if the most experienced TAG knows how to diversify the game, use style and bluff from time to time, his moves are difficult to read. Since, competitors are used to the fact that a tight-aggressive player only plays with strong hands and is afraid to stay with weak cards. Such players are often found in online casinos or poker rooms.
Strategy for playing against the tight-brutal style of poker:
- Such competitors are not the most profitable. The highest raises from them on the Turn and River are usually not a blast. Therefore, having incomprehensible compositions, it is better to give up.
- Winning a decent pot against similar players can only be done with strong hands.
- What can be done against this style? It is fundamental to identify patterns and patterns of actions. Knock tight-aggressive opponents out of the hand by pressing on weak spots.
- Steal their blinds.
Loose poker style
A loose or free style of play can be called more creative. Loose players play more hands even with weaker card compositions.
Success with a loose style depends on the experience and level of competitors at the poker table. Skillful strategy maneuvering in similar play comes down to making low profits from tight players. The specialist must have a great feel and awareness of the game in order to achieve success in poker, using a loose style.
Loose-passive poker style
A similar style is also referred to as an auto-call, as these players almost always call to see the next cards.
It is typical for inexperienced players or for those who are just having fun, not knowing the rules, acting without logic. Such actions are caused by the fact that a loose-passive player does not realize which compositions should be folded and which should be played, he is driven only by curiosity or faith in fortune.
He occasionally raises preflop, and if he does, it is unrealistic to track their pattern. He can respond to the Call haphazardly, with any composition, therefore it is very difficult to read his cards.
Having the strongest hand, he may not increase the stakes, thereby minimizing his own likely winnings, and from time to time, on the contrary, he uses a bluff.
Most of the time, raising them at the end of the betting still means great hands. From time to time they are lucky to take small pots. Out of ignorance, newcomers may be horrified by the activity of the answering machine.
Strategy for playing against a loose-passive style
As you may have guessed, for poker experts, such opponents are more profitable, and are the main source of profit. They are always welcome. True, such a game can quickly get bored.
Position yourself to the left of loose-passive competitors at the table. Play a wider range of hands than usual and raise if other opponents tend to be tight. This will scare off other players, and being left with a similar player one on one, you will have a better chance of taking the pot, since your actions are unlikely to scare him off.
The opportunity to catch a suitable card will lead the loose-passive player to the last.
Do not show unnecessary anger, so as not to frighten off such a valuable enemy, on occasion, praise the compositions he has collected. In case of manifestation of anger on their part, the game should be continued only with really strong hands.
General Tips for Choosing a Poker Style
By studying the behavior of your own competitors, calculating them, you will productively increase the luck of your own game.
It should not be forgotten that other opponents at the poker table are also watching your style and analyzing it in order to use this information against you.
That’s why great poker players vary their playing styles and strategies, deceiving competitors and not allowing themselves to be miscalculated. Suddenly changing your behavior, introduce competitors into a stupor, play differently than everyone else, become unpredictable.
Now, knowing the signs of a tight and loose style of playing poker, you will learn not only to identify your own competitor, but also to build a successful game against him. Try to use the observations that the opponent received about you to your advantage, applying a strategy and flexibly changing the style of your own game, you will win poker more often.