10 thoughts on “The winning style in Texas Holdem

  1. Exactly. That's my point. You don't have to play tight-aggressive all the time to win. Based on how people play, you adapt to it. Phil Ivey is aggressive player but I've seen him play tight-passive when he was playing in poker invitational event where Gus Hansen was going crazy. In this situation, Ivey was playing tight-passive and let others eliminate each other. There's no such thing as winning style.

  2. Phil Ivey once said, you should never sit down with a strategy. So in other words, you play based on what kind of opponents you have at your table. If you got table filled with loose-aggressive morons, you play tight and build chips at once. If you got nitty tables filled with pussies, you play small ball and frequently raise where you take down the pots without a hand.

  3. @EdDy4RheelZ All those player you mentioned have mastered the game… they can adapt to any play style, their reading abilities are excellent compared to the majority of poker players… They always bet for a reason and they bet the certain amount of money to either make you fold, make you re-raise with a dead hand or to value bet you, but I can assure you they started as Tight aggressive players and made their own style.

  4. I understand that. But tight-aggressive isn't necessarily a winning style. Winning style is varied depending on who is sitting at your table. If you're in a table full of nits, then loose-aggressive small ball strategy is the best where you keep putting constant pressure on your opponents, constantly stealing blinds, constant c-bets, etc. If you're in a table full of gamblers, you play tight until you get good hands to accumulate chips and to control of the table.

  5. tight aggressive player = that is the FIRST STEP beginners must be. these pros know how to play their cards that's why they can play even if loose. ex. Negreanu likes to play suited like 3 spade, 5 spade he will call it regardless of card ranking

  6. @EdDy4RheelZ
    Good advice! There is no such thing as a "right" style. Table conditions should determine your play.

  7. that last tip was a little bit misleading: yes, u want to sit to the left of an aggressive player, but typically a maniac-type player. u want to sit to the right of a tight player. a TAP can be tight or aggressive, and is capable of playing competently out of position. i guess my point is u should try to sit to their left, but it's not going to give u as big an edge as sitting to the left of an aggressive but much less skilled player.

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