Beating Live Poker: Recognizing a Tight Passive Player
In my opinion one of the worst playing styles in live poker out there is that of a tight passive player. Not only is it not profitable but it has to be plain boring. This type of player will never beat the game consistently. Sure, they may get lucky some nights and keep getting hands but over time this person will just bleed money out to the good players at the table. A tight passive player can be found at almost any poker game in the country. Here are a few tips to identify the player so you can take advantage of them.
We will first discuss the term tight in the name tight-passive. This indicates that the player only plays a small percentage of hands pre-flop. I would consider anything under 20% of hands played during a live game to be a tight player. You can be sure that if this player is in the hand they have some type of decent holding.
Now that we have determined what a tight player is, we can now turn to the term passive. This means that the player will seldom bet at any time. A passive player will do a lot of calling when they have a made hand. If their hand misses a flop they will often fold. As you can see this leaves this player in a bad spot on many flops. If a passive player calls you on the flop, proceed cautiously as they most likely have some type of made hand.
One other tip that I can give through experience is to relate age to passive play. While this is not true for all players I have noticed that many older players will often times play very passively. These people are just playing for a good time and play very passively. You will not have to worry about them betting you off a hand. If you see aggression from a player you have deemed passive then your decisions become much easier at that point. If you do not have a good hand then fold. There are no other options, trying to bluff will pretty much just be lighting money on fire.
I hope these few tips have helped you in your live poker quest. Check back often for more articles on live poker. Good luck at the tables!