LAG Strategy

If someone is trying to implement a LAG strategy on here, what should be their opening range and how much should they raise pre-flop (how many times the blind)?

I am somewhat a “LAG” in tight games, especially when stacks get short. I commonly do this in private leagues where everyone is tight and passive. When playing aggressively, the most important thing is the power of position. In position you can play more hands because there are less opponents and when they do call you will be able to make better bluffs with more accuracy. The thing to remember is that you want to play the opposite of how your opponents are playing. So if everyone is tight passive, you want to be loose aggressive. If you are playing against loose players, you want to be tight.


What’s your range when you play LAG?

Your range should vary by position. Generally tighter in early position, looser from late position.

If you’re just starting out with LAG, a good way to implement it is to play as you normally would except on the button you play looser. From the button you might open raise with something like 22+, all Ax, all Kxs, K9o+, 54s+, 64s+. So any pair, any ace, any suited king, big offsuit kings, suited connectors.

As you get comfortable with playing LAG in position you can start doing it in earlier positions too by adding in some of these hands to your normal raising range.

For sizing, your aim is to pick a size where if you get callers there are only 1 or 2 of them, so that you can use aggression post-flop to pick up pots. Start out with 3-4BB + 1BB for each limper and adjust from there. On Replay people love to limp mediocre hands, so don’t be afraid to size up and punish them.


If for example you raise with 54s on the button, have two callers then you miss the flop, do you c-bet if they check?

Lots of players are going to call preflop with all kinds of random hands (any pair, any connected hand, any suited hand, any Ax) and then play fit-or-fold on the flop. So whether to c-bet depends a bit on flop texture. It’s good to be cautious if the flop is full of medium sized connected cards like J-9-8, or A-high boards in general. Good boards to continue might have 1 high card and 2 low cards, or very disconnected boards like K-8-3.

Generally you should be more careful with 2 callers than with 1 since it’s more likely someone caught something.

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If you’re playing against someone who never folds to c-bets on the flop, would you only bet when you hit the flop?

  1. Learn to be a solid TAG before you start playing LAG

  2. Position is 90x more important

  3. Look for spots to apply pressure

  4. Evaluate and adjust always

  5. Leave if there are better opportunities at other tables


It depends. Do they call flop cbets and then fold to turn cbets? Do they fold to bets on the river? If they just never ever fold then you shouldn’t play LAG against them at all.

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Assume they call just to float you.

Really depends on their tendencies on the turn. If they float most flops then fold to turn pressure then fire away.