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Stages of a TAG — Part I

A model for player development

by Ed Miller |  Published: Oct 15, 2010


A while back, I developed a model for player development that I call “Stages of a TAG.” I think most players go through a series of stages or realizations about no-limit hold’em as they improve their games from rank beginners to decent tight-aggressive (TAG) players and beyond. I think these stages are worth thinking about, because they can help you do a couple of things: 1. Realize approximately where you stand in your development, and therefore what concepts you still have to master. 2. Understand how to identify roughly how your opponents are thinking, what tactics they are well-defended against, and what tactics they might be vulnerable to. As I read hands and try to get into the heads of my opponents, I refer to an internal conception of these stages, and I think it helps me in my quest to stay one step ahead of my opponents. In this ...

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