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Against Tight-Passive Players

Don’t check-raise…. They will probably check behind you unless they have you beaten.

Don’t slow play big hands. The reasons are the same as those for avoiding a check-raise.

Bluff and semi-bluff frequently, but selectively. They are the easiest people to bluff because they will fold quite good hands.

[But] remember that they would not be in the pot if they did not have at least a playable hand, and they probably have more than that…. They will check hands that most people bet. If you bluff because they checked, you may be shocked to see a good hand

Steal their blinds or antes…. A TPP [tight-passive player] will hardly ever call. If he does call, he is unlikely to bet on the flop or fourth street because he is afraid of your raise, and you will get…chances to draw out and win legitimately.

Against Tight-Aggressive Players

Because most of your tougher opponents are tight-aggressive, you must be deceptive. Otherwise, they will read and outplay you. Because other writers have focused on tough games with tight-aggressive players, read their books for specific techniques. My book made just a few general recommendations:

Mix up your game. Being predictable is always a weakness, but it can be deadly with them. They read cards well and push whenever they can. If you don’t mix up your game, they will soon learn how to read you, then beat you mercilessly.

Make fewer pure bluffs, but be willing to semi-bluff. It is usually easier to bluff good players than bad ones, but TAP [tight aggressive players] study players intensely. They read tells well, and they have enough confidence in their skill to call with weak hands. Of course, that is just a general principle. Perhaps this TAP can’t read you. Try him out a couple of times, and follow the guidelines for bluffing TPP…. If your bluffs work, fine. If not, you’ve been warned.

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