Raising the Blinds of Tight Players
There is quite a bit of strategy to take into consideration when playing in position during a poker tournament, but one key factor that you should always look to take advantage of is raising the blinds of a tight player. These players are the ones who will only play an incredibly small range and attempt to avoid playing much outside of the prime hands that you can pick up. The key reason why you want to raise the blinds of a tight player is because they aren’t going to call with very many hands, so you are in a great spot to be able to build up your stack without much risk. There is a good bit of strategy behind doing this though and that’s what we are going to take a look at today.
Raises Before You
When you want to raise a player’s blind who is tight, the entire idea behind it sort of goes down the drain if you have a raiser before you get to the point of being able to make that raise. While typically you may raise from the button or the cut-off with a pretty weak hand in an attempt to pick up those free chips, if there is a raiser then you need to cut down your range massively and play your standard game. Don’t look to mix it up with other players unless you have a strong hand or have a good read on an opponents range. With this being said, you definitely shouldn’t be raising the players’ blinds every single time that they are in them, because that is the fastest way to get the opponent to pick up on what you are doing and fire back at you.
When Player Calls or Three-Bets
If you make the raise on the players blind and they make a call, then you have to play the hand very carefully from there on. Remember that these players are going to play a very small range typically because they are such tight players, which means that they typically have a pretty strong hand. If you don’t have a strong hand then you should see what happens on the flop, but if you don’t get it, then consider slowing down your betting, and potentially not even fire out a continuation bet unless the board is dry or you have a read. Now, if the opponent makes a three-bet pre-flop, then there are two ways that you can look at it. The first is that they are picking up on your raising on the blinds and could potentially just be putting pressure back on you. If you are trying to go with this angle then you must have a good read on the player, because the most common reason why is because they have a strong hand. Don’t get crazy and attempt to four bet a tight player in these situations as more times than not it could end badly.