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Stages of a TAG — Part III

Making adjustments

by Ed Miller |  Published: Nov 12, 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 11. Stage 11: I should look for small pots that nobody in particular seems to want, and attack them. Up through Stage 10, most bluffing has fallen into one of two categories. Either you are making semibluffs with good drawing hands or you are following up a preflop raise with flop and turn barrels. But bluffing situations also arise when you don’t have a hand and you haven’t yet shown any aggression. Spotting and taking advantage of these ...

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