How to play against very aggressive players?

Shrops

Shrops

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Not easy

I try to be patient and trap them when I have a fairly good hand and let the chips fall where they may.
 
ammje

ammje

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I think the first thing is not to bluff against aggressive players, you should expect good hands against this type of players.
 
manolo salazar

manolo salazar

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Reading the book Play the player he says: there are two general techniques to beat LAGs .
1.- You will reverse "standard" play against your opponent to give him false information about your hand ranges. Then after you have played against the LAG for a while and he has made his first adjustment to you, revert to a tight strategy of well- balanced mix ranges.
 
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stamark

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Don't ever bluff them! Try to play the best hands and trap them when it's possible.
 
Dailon Arroyo Blandon

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usually to the players who are very aggressive ... I watch and analyze them for several minutes ... to try to realize which hands they play ... if they make a lot of bluff ... and when I have a strong hand I will try to catch them. ..
 
bruno13xs

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whenever I play against an aggressive player I try to show that I am not afraid of him always paid or raise the bet he makes so he will be more cautious when he pleads against me
 
dimon4ik89

dimon4ik89

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To play against very aggressive players is not very comfortable

To play against very aggressive players is not very comfortable. If it's MTT or regular SNG tournaments then it's better to wait for a good card. If it's Heads Up or Spin and Go, then you have to play against the aggressor on its own strategy. And it does not matter what stage of the tournament, if you call each raise of the aggressor, then it will take most of the banks with the cbet. Or you will be heavily lucky and you will often fall into the flop.
 
Betmakers

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It would depend on whether or not they are loose or tight I suppose. I will assume you are talking about a LOOSE aggressive player, who seems to come over the top with a raise on every single hand.

For MTTs, this is my strategy:


Early - I am super tight early. Probably too tight, but I'm comfortable with it. I'll play AA - JJ, AJ+, and that is about it. There are a few reasons for this, based on my understanding of the game and the math:


1) Doubling up early doesn't matter so much, while getting stacked will end your tournament. Even if I'm dealt 8d9d and get into a raised pot, hit a straight flush, and take someone's entire stack, it doesn't really matter early in a tournament. A double-up in the first 2 or 3 stages will probably not even be worth a big-blind by the time the bubble bursts.


2) The risk of losing your entire stack early is the same exact risk of losing your entire stack later in the tournament. If I get caught with a straight vs a full house early in the tournament, and lose my whole stack, my tournament is over. If I get caught with the same hand later in the tournament, my tournament is still over.


SOOOOOO for me, there is minimal reward for winning big pots early and maximum risk for losing them, so I will rarely try to get into a big pot unless my edge is giant (my range as seen above).


The caveat to this is if I am, say, on the button with suited connectors with the blinds being passive and there are a few limpers, I'll limp to a flop and only put my money in with monsters. That way, my risk is minimized (NO I am not betting a top pair of 9s when I had 8s9s, I'm betting the flush or straight only, once again risk vs reward).


3) Most tournaments will see some crazy stuff happen early in a tournament. Some guy shoving with K4 and flopping trips vs KJ. I avoid these weird situations like a plague. Although variance is part of the game, it IS A TOURNAMENT not a cash game. Variance will end your tournament. Variance will not end your bankroll in a cash game. I let the gamblers gamble until they clear up. They will always clear up eventually.


Middle Stage

In the middle stage, I really take a table read and play the exact opposite of my table. If my table is still loosey goosey, as a lot of tournaments will be early, I stay tight. Slowly opening up as my table tightens up (specifically big stacks will tighten up mid-stage, which is great for me. They want to wait out a higher place, which I am cool with because I am about to catch up soon).


Once the ante's start coming in, I will start stealing where possible and 3-betting weak raisers. The blinds+antes are now worth some money. My range opens up to probably J10+, any 2 face cards, 55+. Any hand that I can realistically defend with if one of my steals gets caught. DEPENDING on the table I'll steal with some oddball 62o or something but that's really really rare and depends on a lot of factors.


Late

I'm assuming by late, we mean near the money bubble. This depends much more on my stack size and players remaining than anything. If everything has went to plan, I'll be top 10% of stacks at this point. This is my fun part of the tournament. I start being able to jam weaker hands into short stacks because of the effective blinds and steal a whole lot of chips. I can usually make a run to top 10 pretty quickly once I recognize that the table has realized the bubble is near and they tighten up.




Once the bubble pops, I rinse and repeat in a shorter time frame. Tight > Looser > Even Looser if stack warrants. Same once the final table shows up.




If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
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wilywiles

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With agressive players, you gotta play back aggressively. But aggressive does not mean wild. It just means agressive. Against a wildly agressive player you want to 3-bet with hands like AQ AK , 10s-AAs, and if in position even 3-bet with hands such as KQ, 99s, 88, 77s. It's best to try to isolate the play between the two of you if possible. Thats why I would suggest raising vs calling against an aggressive player. To divide and conquer because most times an aggressive player seems to be playing wildly is because hes been getting away with it. Make him tighten up
 
pirateglenn

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What are some ways to exploit very aggressive players in different phases of the tournament (Early, middle and late)? I have a little bigger notion in early (I think), but the others do not see a cake recipe to follow. Early game - seek to play value hand, giving chance to the very aggressive player to err (this is playing passively and not looking for bleffs)
Hi there,

its all about position and patience when i play aggressive players, i do not play them because they are aggressive, i worry more about my own game but when i do opt to enter into a pot, i will often 3, 4, 5, bet or re raise if i have a hand worth the action...

Regards

pirateglenn
 
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xexeu

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To combat super-aggressive players who apply a lot of 3-bets, I usually use an increase in size that varies from 2.5 to 3 times the big blind, when in final positions or sometimes in intermediate positions. Having to do less of that initial positions as I will often have to fold against 3-bets. So I want to have fewer possible players to play after me, less likely that any of them will have a good hand and will play.
 
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MarineCJ

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Sit and wait. Over aggressive players are easy to trap for their stack. You will find they are pushing with bottom/middle pair, maybe top pair, Draws, ect. Just wait and stack them
 
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