There are many reasons as to why a strong poker player is such but one of the biggest reasons is that they are often difficult to prize away from a hand when they have even the remotest of equity.
In deep stacked situations then they know and understand that when a player is perhaps on the defensive side or perhaps on a short bankroll then the bigger stack can act almost like a millstone around their neck. In this respect then when you see your opponents with bigger stacks then you should be pleased.
The Effective Stack
However the facts of the matter are that when the effective stack is shorter then the superior player has far less room to manoeuvre in the hand before we reach pot commitment and the stage where stacks are getting all in.
If you took a survey of one hundred poker players who had both studied and played poker for some time and asked them what their style was then many of them would say either tight-aggressive or loose-aggressive. The majority would say tight-aggressive because this style is both easier to learn and to execute.
However many players that think that they have this style ultimately don’t even though in their own minds they may be totally convinced of the fact. Many players who believe that they are tight-aggressive are in fact almost like a hybrid between being tight-aggressive and tight-passive.
It is folded around to you in the cut-off and you raise with the Jc-10c and your opponent calls on the button with both blinds folding. The flop comes 9d-4c-3s and you make a c-bet of two thirds of the pot which gets called. The turn card is the 2h and you check.
How Much Fold Equity
Your opponent bets two thirds pot and you fold. This is tight-passive play and not tight-aggressive. While you may argue that you have little fold equity and little pot equity, can you honestly be sure that you will play every one of your hands post flop in this way?
Tight-aggressive players come in all different categories. Some play the style very well while others play it in a mediocre way while some play the style badly. So no two tight-aggressive players are the same. What if the turn card had been the 2c?
In this hand we could check the turn in the same way but as a prelude to a check-raise rather than a check-call looking to make the flush to win or check-fold. When the stacks get deeper then the level of fold equity increases and this is especially the case when we take tight players into consideration.