Texas Holdem styles: Tight-aggressive
When it comes to professional poker and gamblers who want to win, the tight-aggressive style is one of the most popular. The style you choose to take to the table plays a very important role in the outcomes of your hands. If wins are what you are after, it is worth your time learning the tight-aggressive style.
What is the tight-aggressive style?
Texas hold ’em, and poker in general, have four main styles.
Taking a close look at tight-aggressive. Tight means that you are very selective in which hands you keep and only gamble with a limited amount of them. Aggressive means that you take the active choice in betting and raising instead of checking and calling.
Loose and passive are the exact opposites and while a loose-aggressive style can win you money, it’s tight-aggressive that takes control of the table. This is why it’s the choice for many experienced players who take winning seriously.
How to use the tight-aggressive style.
Tight-aggressive takes control of the poker table puts you in the driver’s seat in the hands you choose to gamble with. Instead of relying on your opponents to make the moves, you will wait until you have the best hand and then be the one betting and raising.
If you don’t think that your hand is the best, you want to bet or raise to make sure that your opponent has to pay to improve their hand. Thus, increasing the size of the pot.
Before you slam the pedal to the metal thinking you are going to get more wins. The tight-aggressive style does not mean to crazy and bet every chance you get. The tight part of this style means you need to pick your opportunities carefully and put your opponents in tough spots. Remember, if your hand doesn’t cut it, folding is the best thing to do with this style.
Don’t back down from the bet.
Many gamblers at the poker table think that having the best hand on the flop or turn doesn’t mean that they will have the best hand at the river. Because of this, they will often gamble passively until they become confident that their hand definitely is the best.
This style of gambling is bad!
If you have the best hand, you need to capitalise on that. You want as much money in the pot that you can get.
There will be times where you lose money with the tight-aggressive style instead of a more passive style, but that is how poker works. It wouldn’t be called gambling if losing couldn’t happen. In the case that you do feel too nervous to lose money when you are holding the best hand, then you should move down a few levels.