No-Limit Hold'em: Playing Against Tricky Tight Aggressive Players
© 2017 by M. Mitch Freeland
You won't get too many of this type player in the $1-$2, but occasionally, a player will become tricky against you when you have been beating him pot after pot. When you move up to the $1-$3 or $2-$3 game you may have a better chance of spotting your tricky aggressive opponent.
A TTAP is considered a player who is on top of his game and has a good feel of when to turn up the heat or down shift into a lower gear. They are aggressive one hand and passive on the next.
A TTAP likes to make plays to manipulate opponents into making mistakes by calling, raising or folding. Most TTAPs are situational players; they may play Tight Aggressive Straight Laced most of the session and then against certain opponents who they feel can be easily tricked or trapped, will begin the deception. It may occur a few times during a session or it can be a permanent situation if the circumstances warrant the play.
When you move up to higher no-limit games ($2-$5, $5-$10 and $10-$20), you will encounter better players and stronger opposition. Because your opponents tend to be better players as you move up, they will also be trickier, and so will you. Remember, that no-limit is a trapping game. When you have the nuts or an extremely strong hand, you will make the big money by fooling your opponents to move-in on you. There is no better feeling to have the nuts and have your opponent move all-in on you on the turn or river. All you need is one big trap a session and you will soon realize the power of setting traps against big stacks.
Against a TTAP you want to bet for value. The biggest mistake a player can make is folding a big pot by not calling a small or medium sized bet. If a tricky player makes a mistake and bets a blocking bet on the river, call all reasonable hands. Always keep in mind, a tricky player may like to make donk bets on the flop and blocking bets on the turn and river to confuse you. Learn to read the board carefully. And ask yourself what is he capable of betting?
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