When playing poker, sometimes it can be confusing as to what the difference is between playing loose or tight. Here is Stanislav Komsky in this article explains what it means to play poker loose or tight.
Poker – Loose and Tight Styles – The Differences Explained
You can play poker loose or tight. Both have their advantages and weaknesses. But what is really the difference between playing poker loose or tight. Its easy to get these terms confused with others, especially passive and aggressive.
No matter who you are, whether you are just learning Texas Holdem Poker, have been playing for a little bit or are pretty comfortable with the game, I know that you, like me, want to learn about playing poker loose or tight. That’s why its worth your time reading this article.
The thing is, its never been easier to become a successful poker player. Although, with the sheer amount of information available its easy to get caught up and experience information overload. If you are currently not experiencing the success you would like it probably isn’t even you fault. It likely has nothing to do with you. Its more likely a result of incorrect information. So let us both take aim at the problem here. First, we must clear the air.
You Need To Understand this
The first thing to understand before we get into the discussion of loose and tight is hole cards. Hole cards, pocket cards, down cards – these are the first two cards you get dealt in a game of holdem. With only these two cards, there is a certain probability that you will win. This is a pure probability ‘all things being equal’ calculation. The best cards you can have is A-A, the worst is 7-2 unsuited. A strategy based purely on this is sometimes referred to as a ABC Texas Holdem Poker Strategy.
Playing Poker Loose
The term ‘loose’ refers to the type of cards that a particular poker player is likely to play. Loose players are likely to play worse and worse hole cards. Depending on how loose a player is will determine how far down the sliding scale he will go. Extremely loose players will play even the worst cards like 7-2. However normal loose players are more common and will play all of the premium cards a tight player will play, plus middle and sometimes low pairs, middle suited connectors and just suited cards (for flush draws).
Playing Poker Tight
The term ‘tight’ refers to the type of cards that a particular player is likely to play. Tight players are only likely to play very good hole cards. These are the cards that have the highest probability of being successful. Cards like A-A, A-K, K-K, A-Q, Q-Q, K-Q etc. So when a player is tight that means that they only ever play really good cards. Usually tight players will fold a lot before the flop because they aren’t getting anything good.
The Difference between A Loose And Tight Poker Player
So again, the difference between a loose and a tight poker player is the types of hole cards they will play. Loose players are more likely to play any hole cards. Tight players will only usually play very good hole cards. Both of these play styles have their benefits and drawbacks and ultimately a player themselves will ‘feel’ more comfortable playing a certain way.
Also read here: Is Poker Really a Game of Luck – Stanislav Komsky