How To Play Against Tight Players
You're on the button and dealt
KQ of diamonds. Aaron is first
to act and he makes it $20 to
Everyone else at the table folds
because they know that Aaron is
a very tight player...
When he makes a bet, everybody
runs because more times than
not he's holding aces or kings.
You, however, decide to see a
flop by calling the bet. Why
not, you have good positioning
on him and he must act first
after the flop.
The flop hits K,9,4 with no
diamonds. Aaron doesn't even
hesitate before firing out a
The action is on you and you're
not feeling very good about your
You know that Aaron doesn't bluff
and that there is a good chance
that he is holding Aces, Kings,
or Big Slick.
If he has any of these hands,
you're in big trouble.
You decide to see the next card
because you are stubborn and
want to see a queen hit.
This is where you've made the
You've just become pot committed
and didn't even think about the
action after the turn card hits.
If you had thought about what was
to come, you would have realized
that Aaron is going to make an
even larger bet.
He always does.
He's probably going to fire at
least $100 at you. Then what do
You will be invested for $70 and
$100 more won't seem like much to
pay. And even if you do hit your
queen or king, you may still be
in big trouble.
These are the types of hands that
get players in trouble against
tight players. They don't think
about the price they will have
to pay after the turn and the
In this example, we decided to
call the $50 after the flop. If
we had played the hand out in our
head, we would have seen how ugly
it could get.
We knew that Aaron would fire an
even larger bet after the turn
We are not prepared to call
another huge bet against a tight
player like him.
Here is how we should have played
Yeah, we all love KQ suited. Aaron
made it $20 to play before the flop.
I would call his bet even though
I'm sure he's got a monster hand.
Why not... if diamonds hit you're
going to rake a large pot. The flop
hit K, blank, blank. We just hit
our top pair but Aaron came out
Here is where we have to lay the
hand down. Don't commit yourself
to the pot by calling another bet.
This will make it even harder to
fold after the turn and river.
Take your $20 loss and catch
Aaron when you flop a monster