The basics of Loose Aggressive poker strategy

The internet is awash with websites, which offers you invaluable advice on different strategies that improve your chances of winning Texas Hold’em. However, one of the most volatile playing tactics has to be the Loose Aggressive, or LAG style.

Players who employ a LAG tactic will play loosely during the starting hand selection, before becoming more aggressive during the post-flop betting. This allows you to play a large range of starting hands in the hope of outperforming your fellow players after the flop.

The LAG style, although effective when used right, is dependent on two variables during the poker game. These are your position and the tendencies of your opponents. Regardless of your post-flop skills, playing a mediocre hand out of position is likely to end in disaster. This tactic will therefore generally yield the best results when used against weaker players, who overvalue their starting hands when the community cards have been revealed.

Loose Aggressive poker strategy

Players using the LAG strategy will rely heavily on the value of fold equity. Raising in position with a weak hand will likely help you to pick up the blind. Many websites like, stress that your position pre and post-flop needs to be considered when you are deciding whether you want to try pick up the blinds with a weak hand.

Playing a LAG strategy may also help you outplay your opponents post-flop to make them fold a good hand, or could even see you pick up a strong hand on the turn or river in order to win the pot.

In addition to this, LAG players are also able to play premium hands profitably, as they have a much better chance of getting large pots on strong hands than players who employ Tight Aggressive strategies (TAG).

LAG does have its challenges. Maximising value on a large range of starting hands can be very difficult. Therefore, LAG is not recommended for players only just starting out on their poker education.

You must have a good understanding of pot and implied pot odds in order to successfully use LAG strategies. You will need to play speculative hands in multi-way posts, or raise pre-flop first. Be aware that you will have to adjust after the flop, estimating the fold equity and showdown value of your hand. Showdown value can be achieved by obtaining correct pot odds, and the potential fold equity is based on your read of opponents playing in the pot.

It is also important to identify when a LAG strategy will work best. Assessing if and when you can get a player to fold in certain situations is very important. This tactic can prove ineffective, for example if you are playing passive calling stations, where you are only able to push showdown edges.

Playing LAG against fellow LAG players should be avoided, as more aggressive opponents with strong post-flop skills could take a major beating on your bankroll.

When practising LAG Texas Hold’em, stick to Heads Up Sit & Go tournaments or 6-max cash games. Here you will automatically be forced to loosen your pre-flop starting hand-range, which is good practice for improving LAG performance. Also, try to stick to no more than two tables simultaneously, as you will be required to pay close attention to table reads and image.


5 Greatest Poker Players of All Time

Nowadays with the upswing of online poker and many poker rooms like Pokermira offering impressive starting bonuses, poker has become attractive to a whole host of players with different backgrounds and styles of play. Over the years there have been a great number of players that have really stood out from the crowd due to their skills and their outstanding abilities to play poker. So let’s take a look at some of the greatest online and live poker players of all time.

Stu Ungar

Stu Ungar

This talented poker wizard was born in the city of New York, and was gifted with a razor-sharp mind and a remarkable ability to read the game. He applied his talents not only to poker but also to a number of other games that enabled him to earn millions in his lifetime. He was even banned from playing in a number of casinos as a result of his amazing skills. In 1980, Ungar became the youngest player ever to win the WSOP and was nicknamed “the kid” due to his age. Ungar died young, however regardless of this his name remains an important one in the world poker.

Chip Reese

Chip Reese

Reese discovered his poker skills by chance when he stopped in Las Vegas for a weekend with a modest sum of money. After that he moved to Sin City in the mid 1970s and quickly made a name for himself as a talented and very successful poker player. He went on to win two WSOP bracelets and enjoyed a great deal of success at H.O.R.S.E. He was welcomed into the poker hall of fame at the age of forty and he is still considered as one of the greatest players in history of poker.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey

Ivey is a fairly new addition to the professional world of poker but has already demonstrated a remarkable ability as a young and talented poker player. He began playing in the 1990’s in Atlantic City and quickly became one of the few poker stars to be able to succeed in large cash games both live and online. In the year 2000 Ivey won his first WSOP bracelet and has since added seven more to his impressive tally. He will most certainly increase his bankroll in the years to come.

Johnny Moss

Johnny Moss

Moss is famous for having established the WSOP as the most celebrated poker extravaganza known to mankind. Throughout his career he won a grand total of nine first place bracelets at the event and became undoubtedly the most successful poker player of the 1970s. Moss came from Texas and moved to Las Vegas in search of excitement and continued to play in tournaments right up until his death in 1995.

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson

Brunson has been famously nicknamed “The Godfather of Poker” due to his spectacular and often unbeatable game. A leg injury ended his future as a basketball player and he went on to become a full time poker star in Vegas and won ten bracelets at the WSOP. Brunson is perhaps the game’s best known face and is considered a true legend within the poker world.

Flopping Middle Pair

In Texas Hold’em, flopping top pair is a great position to be in. You have matched the top card that was on the board and have a very good chance to win the pot. However, if you flop middle pair, it is advised that you make your decisions carefully.

You still have a solid chance at winning the round, but there are many combinations, which can beat you easily. If you have flopped middle-pair, the best thing you can do is to play with your head, not your heart, and make the smartest poker decisions.

When you have flopped middle pair, the best thing to do is to analyze what cards are on the table and if your pair is relatively low, pair of 3’s-7’s, you may want to fold as there is a great chance you will lose the hand. Also, if there are many people playing in the round or there are multiple “high cards”, such as kings, queens, aces, and jacks, it is often advised not to beat heavily on a middle pair.

Further, the more people playing in the round, the better the chances are that you will be defeated in the round.

We advise that you only bet heavily on a middle-pair when your pair is high relative to the other cards on the board.

Secondly, make sure that you do not loose too much money when playing the middle-pair. Sure you may win some money, especially if the other player is bluffing, but regardless you want to save the vast majority of your chips for the rounds where you have a great hand and a very high chance of winning the hand.

Going “All-In” on a Middle-Pair hand is not the smartest idea and we strongly recommend you do not travel this route. If you are not sure on whether to continue playing the round and bet more chips, we advise that you fold.

If you have not put a lot of chips into the round, you are not loosing that much by folding and if you have invested heavily in the round, you probably should not have in the first place and folding now will at least you keep your remaining chips for a round where you have a better chance at winning and could possibly win your chips back.

If you have not put a lot of chips into the round, you are not loosing that much by folding and if you have invested heavily in the round, you probably should not have in the first place and folding now will at least you keep your remaining chips for a round where you have a better chance at winning and could possibly win your chips back.

This strategy is of course only a guide. The true play must reflect how the other players are playing on the table. If the table is extremely tight, like many games are at Full Tilt Poker, you could bet more after the flop in order to steal cheap pots. If you are sitting at a wild table at Pacific Poker or you should bet smaller in hope to catch a better hand. Do not get greedy and follow to the river when you are facing an aggressive wild player in order to catch that hand that will take him/her down, they will eventually come.

Bottom Line: If you are playing Middle Pair, play out the round but do not place too many chips on the hand.

Novice Player Mistakes – Part 2

This is a continuation on common mistakes that beginners make. The two major problems We already addressed, but there are also other common problems that is worth mentioning because of their potency to throw off new poker players.

One of these is the inability to understand and properly calculate pot odds. With the understanding of pot odds, beginners call too many hands that should have gone to the muck or throw away hands by being too conservatives but more than often the former is true. The most common example of this problem is the calling of suited cards.

Many new players associate suited cards to carry the same value as connecting cards. The power of a chance of a flush is much weaker than a high connecting pair such as a JQ or a QK. The chance of getting a flush from suited cards is almost twelve percent, which is not enough to play a hand solely on.

The other large problem with not only new players but more than often with old players is superstition. Poker is a form of gambling and all gambling is a form of luck. There are good streaks of luck and bad streaks of luck.

There is no tangible way to increase or decrease one’s luck so playing with the idea of not wearing socks or a lucky charm is laughable. Knowing this the majority of poker players are still using charms etc, it’s poker!

If the problems mentioned in the last two articles are steered clear off, then you are well on your way of becoming a poker player.

Novice Player Mistakes – Part 1

Continuing with the theme of beginner articles of poker, we feel that we should mention some tips and no-nos when playing poker. These are basic pitfalls that many beginners fall into and end up learning how to play poker improperly.

The first mistake that is commonly made is the over play of hands. All beginners want to play and believe that playing is betting every round and equate betting with playing. So they decide to play most of the hands that are dealt. This often includes hands such as J 4 unsuited, which will more than often doom the player. Learning patience is crucial to poker.

The other very common pitfall is the lack of control of emotions when playing poker. Playing poker will always involve disagreements and anger at the misfortune or luck of others. This cannot and should not sway your choices at the table. A string of bad luck or a malcontent fellow player can not throw off your emotions so much that you make different decisions because not following the logic in your head will lead to doom at the poker table.

By avoiding these two enormous problems that beginners face, you are well on your way to becoming a person who understands the game.