Super aggressive raisers

I love Texas Hold ‘Em poker. I play about 2 to 3 hours a day, sometimes for money, sometimes for fun. Usually I play sit’n’go. The players that I really want to play against are the super-aggressive raisers, or SARs for short. I’m not talking about players who raise post-flop or even fairly regular raisers  pre-flop. I mean the ones who always, always raise pre-flop on the “any two cards will do” basis.

Why do I want to play them? Because they might as well have ATM tattooed on their foreheads. They are always bad players with no concept of odds or pot control. Their playing strategy is either win fast or lose so they can move on to the next game or, even better, they think they can bully the other players. And we all know bullies are weak so play on that flaw.

To milk them of all their chips you need to play really, really tight. Let other players at the table take them on. Sometimes the SAR will survive by dumb luck but usually they lose chips or all of them. Either way, you are nearer to the paying spots. However, your tight playing will worry the survivor SAR. Even if the SAR gets knocked out, a strong table image scares the other players.

Once or twice you might be tricky and limp in with a reasonable hand and then fold to the predictable re-raise thus setting the trap. Let them think you are a weak player and take your time.

Sooner or later, you’ll get a hand which will beat the SAR. After all, you know your odds-right? Flat call, wait for the raise then go over the top. They will either fold or re-raise/go all-in trying to bully you. Put them all-in with you holding the best hand. Usually you’ll win unless dumb luck comes into play.

If you both survive to the bubble or the paying places, they will be frightened of you. This will allow you to bluff them off pots because they have learnt you only ever play with strong hands. They will also stop trying to raise just as aggression becomes very valuable. They hand pot control to you and that is a powerful weapon.


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After working for many years in Higher Education I've decided to drop out and join the real world. Here I blog about my interests which include education, politics, backpacking, poker, photography and real ale.
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2 Responses to Super aggressive raisers

  1. I find that playing SUPER aggressive is the way to go. A high variance play style, but definitely the most profitable if you are good at hand reading and deducting hand ranges.

    Nice post! 🙂

    • I did try it for a few weeks. Lost more than I won and didn’t feel that comfortable with doing it. What i found is changing gears from patient, passive play to aggressive play and then back again paid dividends. Especially towards the later stages of a game as the blinds go up and there are fewer players. That’s the beauty of poker though-all styles have their place.

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