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Tight Play Is OK

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Jan 11, 2012

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“Some poker players play too loose and other poker players play too tight — but I have never met any of the ones that play too tight.” — Bill Smith, 1985 WSOP champion. Like most poker platitudes, this one exaggerates the actual situation, but has a kernel of truth to it. As a poker coach, I can tell you that most of the people that come to me for help suffer from the same problem. They play too many hands. If you play “too tight,” you may not be making as much as you could at poker, but tight play is not going to be responsible for a long streak of red ink in your results. How many starting hands you play depends on items like the poker variant you are playing, the betting and buy-in rules, whether it is a cash game or a tournament, and the ratio of ...


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