Beating Tight Players

Tight players are kind of like the ninjas of poker in that they sneak up on you with huge hands if you don’t identify them.  Unfortunately, identifying a tight player is a little easier said than done because they are hard to spot.  Those who play tight are barely noticeable until the showdown when they reveal the nuts.  But beating tight players is a must for anyone who wants to be a winning player over time.  Keeping that in mind, let’s look at some ways to beat tight players.

Put Them on a Range

The first key to beating a tight player is putting them on a range.  For instance, the average tight player will only bet or raise with premium hands like A-K, J-J, Q-Q, K-K, and A-A.  So if a rock is suddenly initiating the action, you can be sure that they’re holding something really good.  If they do start raising like mad then you’ll definitely want to get out of the pot.

Show Excellent Hands

Most people like to conceal their hands after winning a big pot so as not to give away too much information.  However, you should always show a tight player your good hand so that they think you only play premium hands as well.  If they think you play the nuts every time, they’ll fold to almost anything later on.


It’s smart to avoid raising wars with tight players before the flop.  If a tight player bets and raises a lot before the flop, it is usually because they’re holding something great.  So try to see the flop as cheaply as possible in these instances.  Assuming weak cards hit the board, you can bet and raise like you just hit something big in order to fool the rock into folding.