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Don’t bet marginal hands for value…. A TAP would not be in there without good cards; he may well have you beaten…. If he has a better hand, he will probably raise…if you have him beaten, he will probably fold…. TAP can make plays that cause you to make mistakes

Check-raise less often. The logic is the same as it was for TPP, but it is even stronger because of the danger of a reraise. Since they are tight, they may check behind you. If they do bet, they may have you beaten. Worse yet, if they bet and you raise, they may reraise. If your hand is worth a bet, bet it.

Don’t try to steal their blinds. Since TAP do not overprotect their blinds, your attempts to steal will often succeed. However, when they fail, they can be quite costly, particularly if you are in the small blind (because the big blind has position on you). If he calls, you are one on one with the toughest player; your cards are weak; and he has position on you. That’s the last place you want to be.

When and How Should You Bluff?

Bluffs are the most visible, memorable, and enjoyable form of deception. Making someone fold a better hand is a much bigger kick than just winning at showdown. Anyone can catch winning cards, but bluffing successfully requires judgment, skill, and courage.

To get that kick, many losers bluff at the wrong times and in the wrong ways. Their emotions outweigh their profit motive. Matt Lessinger’s The Book of Bluffs is the definitive work on bluffing, and some of its principles are identical to the ones in this chapter.

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