Loose and Tight Play

Loose poker players play a huge percentage of hands. Their starting requirements are low and they remain in the pot with reasonably worst hands. Tight poker players play a small percentage of hands. They have particularly high starting requirements and they are immediate to throw away weak hands; which cannot be developing into big hands. Most of the players always play tight. Other players always play loose. Good players adjust their play according to the game.

We saw that how the size of the ante comparative to later bets is a basic consideration in deciding how loose or tight you should play. The higher the ante, the looser you play. The smaller the ante, the tighter you play. From starting, with a high ante, there is more money in the pot; and the more money is in the pot, you would get better odds to play hands that may not be worth playing were the ante very small. However, with the small ante, there's no use in gaming with a trivial hands, especially when you know other players in the game are possibly to be betting and calling only with big hands.

That takes us to a second consideration in deciding how loose or tight to play - especially the method in which the other players in the game play. Assuming a normal ante - about 10 percent of the average later bets - it is normally considered that when the players in the game play tight, you should play loose and when the players in the game play loose, you should play tight. To some extent, this principle seems to be true. For instance, you can steal antes with anything (a loose play) more effectively against tight players, who will fold their trivial hands, than you can against loose hands, who are likely to call you with those same hands. On the other hand, the concept of playing loose against tight players and tight against loose players is in need of enhancement.

Loose games

Semi- bluffs in Loose Games

Keep in mind that in an average game, semi-bluffs have three methods of winning - by making the best hand later, by catching a scare card to make rival fold later, or by making rivals fold instantly. It is because of these three possible methods of winning that makes semi-bluffs plays more profitable. But what will happen in loose game? First, loose players do not fold easily, so your semi-bluffs will not often win instantly. Second, when you catch a scare card that does not really help your hand, loose players want to "keep you honest" with a call than are average and tight players. Therefore, one of the methods in poker psychology is a semi-bluff can win - when rival fold immediately - has been all but entirely removed; and a second method - when you catch scare cards - becomes suspicious. Except these two extra methods of winning, semi-bluff no longer has positive expectation. Thus, you must throw away most semi-bluffs when there's a high possibility that the only way they can win is just by improving to the best hand. In regards to semi-bluffing, it is fact that you must play tighter in loose game.

Legitimate Hands in Loose Games

What about legitimate hands? In a loose game people are enthusiastic to play a hand, which is certainly lower in value than the average. Thus, your legitimate hands do not need to be that good in an average game, as your rivals will possibly be staying with you with even worse hands. This becomes naturally true when you get heads-up against one rival.

However, because of the action and the players' style of play, loose games often to have multi-way pots. With many players staying in, you would be incorrect to loose up with hands like two small pair or one medium pair. Yet, these average hands may be favorites to hold up against each of several rivals independently, chances are that they will lose when there are several rivals in the pot. In the same way, if you bet with these hands, you are possibly to get two, three, or four rivals to fold, especially when they are loose players, than you are to get one rival to fold.

Come Hands in Loose Games

As compare to other semi-bluff hands and small pairs, come hands maximize in value with many players in the pot because you are relatively getting better pot odds to draw to them. Moreover, when the game is loose, you figure to get paid off once you have made a straight or a flush. Thus, in a loose game with many players in the pot, you should play drawing hands more, like three-flushes on fourth street in seven card stud, than you would normally play.

In loose games, you should tighten up significantly on semi-bluffs but loosen up with legitimate hands. Yet, you will not play loose with average hands such as two small pair or one medium pair when many rivals are in the pot.

Tight Games

According to theory of poker strategy, In tight game semi-bluffs maximize in value, and pure bluffs can be gainful because tight players are more likely to fold. Ironically, legitimate hands do not have much value in a tight game that they would have in an average or loose game. The reason will be clear. When you bet a legitimate hand for value in a tight game, the players who have the strong hand themselves will only call you because the starting requirements of tight players' are high. In loose game rival with two small pair at the end will possibly call your bet with aces up. However, when you bet that same hand in a tight game - especially if both of your aces are showing - and you get called, you cannot feel calm. The caller possibly has you beat.

Many hostile players fail to devaluate their legitimate hands when they play in a tight game. They steal money with bluffs and semi-bluffs, but when they get a normal hand, they wind up losing. Then they say themselves, " If I don't get hand, I would be doing great since it is with my good hands that I lose." The thing that fail to realize is that in a tight game the value of a hand goes down because players who remain in the pot will have good hands themselves - better hands on average than players in a normal game would have.

In a tight game, you loosen up on bluffs and semi-bluffs, but you tighten up on your legitimate hands. You would neither play as many drawing hands in a tight game, as you would be getting pot odds enough to make it worthwhile less frequent and when you did hit, you would not get paid off as much as you would in an average or in a loose game.


Scrap the common notion that you play in a loose game and loose in a tight game and use the following principles instead. In a loose game you should tighten up on your bluffs and semi-bluffs, but loose up on your legitimate hands. You bluff less but you bet more for value. You call with more hands and play more drawing hands. In a tight game you loosen up on your bluffs and semi-bluffs, you must tighten up your legitimate hand requirements. You bluff more but you bet less for value. You also call less and give up more instantly with drawing hands.

These principles can also be applied to single players, as well as to games. When a very tight player with

raises in a small-ante seven stud game and other player ahead of you folds, you would possibly throw away a pair of jacks. You have tightened up your requirements because the chances are good your rival has already you beat with a pair of kings. However, when a very loose player raises in the same moment and other player ahead of you folds, you may re-raise with jacks not as a semi-bluff but as a bet for value.

However, if you have

you may semi-bluff raise the very tight player who bets with a pair of kings because there is a normal chance that player will throw away the best hand, fearing you have aces. You would not try that play against a very loose player, who is certain to call with kings.

By using all the online poker tools at your disposal, you need to adjust your play according to the game and according to the single rival in the game.