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Stages of a TAG — Part II

Increased aggressiveness

by Ed Miller |  Published: Oct 29, 2010


This series of columns describes 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. In total, I have identified 25 stages that I think most players go through, roughly in order, as they improve. This column begins with Stage 6. Stage 6: I can semibluff decent draws post-flop with essentially no added risk. I consider players who haven’t yet reached Stage 6 to be nits. They take few real chances, shying away from making or calling big bets without holding a near lock of a hand. At this stage, however, players begin to awaken to the fact that they can become more dangerous if they are willing to make big bets sometimes with non-lock hands. The easiest ...

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