4 Big Advantages to Being a "Tight" Player at the Poker Tables
The general rule of thumb is that a tight player is unable to win at poker. While this can be true, some experienced players have learned that tight can sometimes be right.
Incorporating a tight style of play at the poker table can have its advantages. Below are four of them.
1. Tight Players Are Great at Slow Playing
Tight players are experts at slow playing because it is one of the most profitable moves in their arsenals.
When they flop a set or another monster hand, they make every correct play to extract maximum value from you.
If that means check-calling until the river, that's what they will do.
When they're playing against calling stations, they're going to make value bets or value raises in order to beef up the pot.
Whatever it takes to maximize the profit in a big hand, they will do.
2. Tight Players Know How to Manipulate Your Aggression
An experienced tight poker player will be an expert at manipulating your aggression.
Many poker players believe that tight players don't understand how weak they look in a game. But the truth is that they are perfectly aware of their betting patterns.
This will work to their advantage when they pick up a big hand or they get to play a speculative hand in the blinds and flop lucky.
They'll continue to make the same "weak plays" and let you throw your money at them.
Adversely, in some tournament situations, the average tight player might start playing into your perception of their play.
For example, if they check every time they miss a flop and you bet them out the pot, they may start betting those flops to represent a hand.
Did they just hit a big hand or are they playing back at you? Do you want to risk a big pot against them without the goods?
3. Tight Players Seldom Suffer Prolonged Losing Streaks
Contrary to popular belief, your average tight poker player is not going to suffer the prolonged losing streaks that some poker players suffer through.
You're not going to see the average tight player continue to throw money at a bad game when it is clear they cannot win. They will usually call it quits, enact a stop loss or do whatever they can to get away from the losing game.
In tournaments, you will see many experienced tight players get into the money a bit more often than your standard player.
They may not win or get to the top three very often, but they do turn a profit a little more often than your average player and this makes them enough to try again.
With that said, you are seldom going to see a tight player go on an insane run like some poker players. Their nature will not allow them to gamble or loosen up enough to allow themselves to go on a crazy run of cards.
4. Tight Players Know How to Avoid Crazy Games
You sometimes hear poker players talk about how they lost a significant sum in a game that was "too juicy" to avoid.
These types of hyper-swingy games can result in massive earnings but can also cost you a significant chunk of your bankroll when you're running badly.
Tight players are going to take calculated risks only and avoid the types of games that could potentially decimate their bankroll.
While they may never go on an Isildur1 type run, they also will not have to suffer through the embarrassment of having to get staked and play for a small percentage because of poor bankroll management.