Advantages and disadvantages of a tight poker game: how to win?

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Based on player behavior, we distinguish styles of play – tighter, aggressive, looser, etc. Both beginners and experienced poker players can play tighter, and in this review we will consider the peculiarities of this popular style.

Tight poker style is a cautious player’s behavior on the preflop, characterized by careful card selection and entering the bidding only with the best starting hands.

Determining your opponents

A poker player who adheres to this style usually plays no more than 6-25% of his opening hands. If you haven’t watched your opponent while playing, but you use auxiliary applications that provide statistical data on players, you can draw appropriate conclusions by estimating your opponent’s VPIP:

  • 6-12% – a very cautious poker player who is an inexperienced player who does not know thoroughly the strategy and peculiarities of position play. He enters bidding only with the best hands – Ace with pictures, Ace with mostly one-straight big cards, big and medium pocket pairs.
  • 16-25% – Despite his careful choice of starters to enter the preflop bidding, the poker player is likely to be an experienced player or a beginner who knows strategy and position play. He uses the best starters in the early and middle positions, but is able to expand the range of hands on the Button and Cut-Off.

By determining your opponent’s VPIP, you can find the best tactics to play against him. By VPIP, you can determine a fairly accurate range of your opponent’s starting hands, which allows you to make assumptions about the strength of his hands on all bidding streets.

Beginner Poker Tight Game and its Disadvantages

Many novice players prefer to play tit-for-tat. This includes mostly those beginners who distinguish between promising and unpromising cards to enter the bidding on the preflop. However, they don’t consider the role of position play, so they don’t expand the range of hands in late positions. Such opponents almost never steal blinds and other bluffing techniques.

In most cases, tight rookies play cautiously not only on the preflop, but also on the postflop. If the board does not strengthen their hand, they prefer to check or call a low opponent’s bets, in order to see the next board’s cards cheaply. Such opponents only bid first when they have a hand ready. Such a technique, such as continuation betting, they use in the rarest cases. Often they discard cards with a Draw combination, even if the opponent bet according to bank odds.

The disadvantages of this style are many! 

Playing only with the best starters in any position, it is impossible to make a profit in poker. Moreover, the player becomes predictable for the opponents. They, in turn, often take the pot by bluffing when the tight player doesn’t get a combination and don’t put in the pot when he makes a strong hand. Entering the bidding on the preflop with good cards, beginners often do so by Limp – they do not raise, but bet Bet. In this way, they create favorable conditions for multipot – the entry into the bidding of more than two opponents. Because of this, the value of even the strongest starting cards is greatly reduced.

Tight-aggressive style of play

Tight style in poker combined with aggressive behavior in bidding is used by experienced poker players and beginners who play according to ready-made strategies. The principle is that they play a narrow range of hands, choosing only the best ones to enter the auction, but always play them aggressively. They can be recognized by the following traits:

  • The spectrum expands from early to late position – they know how to play positional and take advantage of favorable positions at the table;
  • Most of the time they hit the jacks, especially in the early and middle positions. On Button and Cut-Offs, sometimes enter the multipot without a Raise with speculative hands;
  • On the postflop, continue to play aggressively and often use a continuation bet to take the pot, even if the hand has not been made;
  • Make high bets on the postflop to prevent opponents from playing the odds.

An opponent with a tight-aggressive style is respected at the table. His image suggests that in most cases he plays with strong hands and rarely gives up the pot without a fight. It is difficult and often unprofitable to play against him with his prepared combinations. The formed image allows such a poker player to successfully steal blinds and conduct bluffing techniques on the postflop.

Tight game in poker has its disadvantages and advantages. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to stick to this style at first. However, you should be cautious in the game only when choosing starting hands. You should trade aggressively on the preflop and postflop, since passive play in most cases does not allow you to make a profit.

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