Poker Basics – TAGs

The first step when reading hands is to categorize your opponents into distinct player types based on his playing style. Assigning a certain player type to your opponent will help you narrow down his range.

These lessons will teach you how to differentiate between the five most common player types and their fundamental characteristics. This information will be useful when adjusting to their playing style.


This opponent type plays few hands and uses controlled aggression.

How do you recognize a TAG?

Expect a strong range

TAG stands for tight aggressive. A TAG plays frequently and is usually to be found on several tables. He almost always has a stack of at least 100BB on each table. Considering that they play a similar style to you, you should think about how you would go about identifying yourself on the tables. A TAG rarely bluffs and when he does, it’s usually a semibluff.

What range does a TAG play?

A player of this type open raises a very tight range from the early positions and opens up his range as he moves closer to the button.

How do you play against a TAG?

In general, you should keep this in mind: The TAG is not your targeted opponent: concentrate on the other players at the table.

You can answer the TAGs playing style with an aggressive approach, but you should be selective with how you proceed. You can attack their blinds, but you shouldn’t go overboard.

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To learn more about the types of players you will encounter in poker check out this article or watch the video below:

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