Many people, including professional players will tell you that if you are new to poker, playing tight-aggressive is the best way you can survive when up against those who are more experienced than you. Here, we will explore playing tight aggressive in more detail.
There are four categories a player can fall into they are, loose-passive, loose-aggressive, tight-passive and tight-aggressive. Many professionals use their own spin on the last format when they play because it stops chasers hitting their draws because you give them the right odds.
For instance, let’s say you are dealt A-Q on the button and the action has folded around to you. Now, some tight-passive players may call in this position hoping for something to hit the flop, on the premise that A-Q is nothing until it hits.
However, in this situation, too often you will see something like happen, you limp and the big blind gets a free check. This allows the player to see the flop with 3-8, and the flop brings Q-8-3. Now you have the top pair with the best kicker, and they have flopped a low two pair. If you raised this hand pre-flop, then you should not be in this situation.
If you are playing tight-aggressive, you will never give chasers the right odds to hit their cards, and you will avoid playing poor hands as well.
Furthermore, as you will only be going to the flop with the very best hands, if a good board hits and you have missed it, sticking out a continuation bet may be good enough for you to take it down if the player has been paying attention to your playing style.
Playing loose-aggressive or loose-passive is not a good way for beginners to start. In fact, arguably both are poor ways for anybody to play. Playing a solid game as a tight-aggressive player will give you the best chance of success when playing poker.