JavaScript must be enabled for Sign In.
Please check your broswer settings.

Home \ Community \ Blogs \

From Ace Rag to Riches

Building a Bankroll from Micro up!
Send PM

The right stuff!

By: baud2death @ 06:13 (EDT) / 329 / Comment ( 0 )

A lot of my play revolves around heavy analysis and working to improve on this. Some people don't do this and hey, even players like Big Drop Millionaire Antonio Esfandiari have said that they never look at past hands and analyze, they just play.


If I had a natural savant ability for Poker then perhaps I would but I feel that  way but for me, Poker is a game that revolves around adapting to opponents and outplaying them using a variety of tools at hand, one of those is self-improvement and I am not going to pass up on that.


I have recently taken my game from NIT to TAG and am working on making that profitable because whilst NIT is very profitable low stakes (because fish will call with worse when we are always ahead), in higher stakes or in lengthy MTTs, this style really doesn't suit.

I love the idea of aggresive play, giving yourself more opportunities to win by representing the cards you have (which are usually good anyway) and the cards you might have. More ways to win!


I do think though that a good player has to be able to float between NIT, TAG and LAG depending on the situation and table dynamics and getting pigeon holed into always being one only is a losing proposition.


We all know the adage that if your opponents are being loose, we need to be tight and vice versa and this is something I don't think a lot of people delve too much into.

Poker is hard, its a grind and being able to switch gears is hard as well. It is much easier to plop yourself down, put on a NIT hat and just play that regardless of opponents.


Some people embrace the switching gears mentality but do so based on level rather than condition. So they are NIT early on, TAG middle stages and TAG/LAG late stages. This is often because the opponents are typically loose early on and tight later on and this typically works as a tactic in general.

There are gaps because if in a certain game where everyone is mega tight early on you are losing value by being equally as tight. What if you are on the Final Table and everyone is stealing as well as throwing 3-bet and 4-bet raises all over the place, being loose here is going to get you stuck.


I have NIT down to a tee, I have issues reigning in TAG/LAG and thats what I am working on.

My short-term goal is to restrict my game to the early NIT, mid NIT/TAG and late TAG, get the steals in when possible from mid stages and try not to miss out on the free money in certain spots but to massivly reign in my aggressive game because I am going in to loose in certain spots and over-commiting my bluffs.

So to get the right stuff, I need to work on what I am good at and build out.



In order to comment, you must login or register.
Take Quiz
New here? Take our Poker Assessment to start your education.
already a member? sign in here
JavaScript must be enabled for Sign In.
Please check your broswer settings.
Learn From basics to advanced strategy
Practice Improve your skills with our trainers
Win! Establish yourself as a winning player
/Featured Promotions/
Progressive Jackpot Progressive Jackpot Playing our new 'Scratch & Match' game is free and very easy. If you match 3 symbols you win a prize!!!! View details
Earn 10 Tournament Tickets Today! Earn 10 Tournament Tickets Today! Invite your friends to join Poker School and you could earn up to 10 tournament tickets as a reward! View details

Getting PokerStars is easy: download and install the PokerStars game software, create your free player account, and validate your email address. Clicking on the download poker button will lead to the installation of compatible poker software on your PC of 51.7 MB, which will enable you to register and play poker on the PokerStars platform. To uninstall PokerStars use the Windows uninstaller: click Start > Control Panel and then select Add or Remove programs > Select PokerStars and click Uninstall or Remove.

Copyright (c) All rights reserved, Rational Group, Douglas Bay Complex, King Edward Road, Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 1DZ. You can email us on