Do You Know Your Opponent's Poker Style?

Do You Know Your Opponent's Poker Style?

Latest Casino News 11 Sep , 2019 0

My name is Justin, and I've been playing online poker professionally for three years. I've learned more about poker in these years than most people do in a lifetime. Here are the four main styles that online poker players fit into.

Loose aggressive

Tight aggressive

Loose passive

Tight passive

Loose aggressive - This is also known as a LAG player. A LAG player usually plays many different starting hands, and likes to bet and raise more often than call. Many LAG players like to see lots of flops. They will play hands like 5-7 offsuit and 4-6 suited when in position, but when they are out of position they will usually tighten up a bit. Many LAG players tighten up on the turn and river, and only hang around with draws or big hands.

Tight aggressive - This is also known as a TAG player. TAG poker players usually play premium hands only in full ring games and tournaments. Most TAG players raise pre-flop according to the strength of their hand. This can be good and bad for the player, as they will usually gain some respect, but some TAG players can be very predictable. The TAG player uses position to his advantage at all times. You won't catch many TAG players playing marginal hands out of position. After the flop, TAG players will usually bet out on the turn and river, and also bet very hard when they have a big hand.

Loose passive - This is also known as a LP player. LP players are usually involved in a lot of hands, and will call more bets than most players. Many poker players also refer to LP players as calling stations. A loose passive style is used by many people in home games, and when playing for fun. This is usually due to players just wanting to be involved in as many hands as possible. These players tend to play lots of hands, but they don't usually stick around many hands through the river. In the grand scheme of things, loose passive is going to be a losing style of poker. Don't get stuck in this rut.

Tight passive - This is also known as a TP player. Tight passive is another way to quickly go broke in online poker. TP players usually have a very small selection of starting hands and they also do not bet / raise very often. Tight passive players are more likely to "bleed themselves to death" instead of losing huge pots. They rarely contribute to the overall pot, and if they win, it's usually a minimal win, with a very strong hand.

I recommend players using a blend of tight aggressive and loose aggressive to mix up their play. This will keep opponents from tagging you as one particular playing style.


Source by Justin Goff


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