Print Money by Crushing Loose-Passive Players

Learn how to print money at the poker tables with these tips for beating loose-passive players

Loose-passive players are frustrating to play against, but only if you don’t know how to approach them. This is the player type you should be printing money from because they are so bad at poker. Tight-aggressive and loose-aggressive are a royal pain in the ass to lock horns with. Loose-passive players are your bread and butter. Demolish them and watch your bankroll grow.

You have played against a loose-passive opponent without even knowing they have their own definition. These players, as their name suggests, generally play passively and fold to weakly to your aggression. They tend to, however, become calling stations on the river and go with any hand once you’re on fifth street.

Step 1 to Beating Loose-Passive Players

Loose-passive players play what is known as ABC poker. That is they are very straightforward in how they approach the game. For example, they bet when they’re strong and check when they’re weak. Compare this to a loose-aggressive opponent who may check to induce a bet before check-raising you.

You’ll win more than your fair share of pots against loose-passive opponents by simply betting when checked to. Remember that they tend to check when weak. These players call raises liberally preflop, especially if the raise come from late position and they’re in the blinds. This means you should open with a wide range of hands from the cutoff and button if a loose-passive is in the blinds. They’re going to call before checking the majority of flop, paving the way for you to make a continuation bet. Reevaluate the turn if the loose-passive doesn’t check-fold to your bet.

Make your bet sizes larger than against a typical player when checked to. This is because loose-passive players like calling small bets but fold to larger bets. They see small bets as signs of weakness and these bets give them great odds to chase any draws they may have.

The See Monsters Under The Bed

Seeing monsters under the bed means always fearing the worst. Examples include you continuation-betting with an ace on the flop, or three of the same suit being on the board. Everyone does this occasionally, loose-passives live by this school of though.

Be prepared to bet on scary-looking boards. These include three or four to a straight or flush. I recently saw an example of a loose-passive player in a $3,300 World Poker Tour Main Event. They folded to a substantial river bet with four clubs on the board, turning over a seven-high flush as they mucked!

Pray on their fears and take stabs at scary board. You’ll lose a few pots, sure, but you’re going to pick plenty up uncontested.

Don’t Pay Off Loose-Passive Players

Most poker players don’t have an issue with extracting money from loose-passive opponents. Their issues come from losing pots to them. Don’t pay them off! It’s as simple as that. They only bet when they have a strong hand and they check when weak, remember?

A player of this type betting on the river when they’ve check-called all the way should have alarms ringing. Even if only six-three realistically wins the pot, they have six-three! Trust me.

They tend to overvalue strong pocket pairs even on wet boards. Hands such as aces are like gold for these players. Be prepared to see a big pair at showdown even if the board reads 4h-5h-6c-7d.

Chips saved are as good, if not better than chips won. Listen to what the loose-passive is telling you and act on this knowledge.

They’re Calling The River If They Call The Turn

Our loose-passive friends often turn into calling stations on the river. You can bet your bottom dollar they’re calling the river if they called the flop and turn. Obviously, this is great if you have a strong hand. Not so much if you don’t.

Don’t go bluffing the river unless fifth street drastically changes the board.

Put The To The Test For Their Entire Stack

Loose-passive players don’t like playing for their entire stacks without nut hands. Some of them can get a little sticky with medium-to-strong hands and need some persuading to fold.

Make larger bets preflop and the flop, plus the turn if needed. You can manufacture your bet sizing so it looks like you’re setting yourself up for a shove on the turn or river. These players see monsters under the bed, remember, so play on their fear.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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