Tight Wad. Nit. Scardy Cat. Whatever you want to call them, this type of player is probably the easiest type of player you can face at a table. Play them correctly and you will be profitable.
With the Tight Wad, you likely will not win huge pots off of them, but you should be able to win many small/medium pots over the course of a session.
Tight Wads only play premium hands. Hands like AK, AQ, KQ, or any pairs like TT or higher. They fold often pre-flop to any action and fold if they don’t hit a flop. They, typically, will play maybe 10 percent of their hands at a table.
How do we conquer the Tight Wad? First things first: position. You want this type of player on your left. Preferably, directly to your left. This way, you can steal their blinds relentlessly. You can also be assured that when you raise, they’ll fold, or if you bet post-flop, they’ll likely fold. But, you should be able to play this player from any position.
Next, what hands should you play against this player? I would recommend you fold any hands that are easily dominated. For example: AQ…A2, KQ, KJ, KT, K9. Let’s just say you should avoid any broadway cards against this player that’s not AK or AQs. I might consider JT just because you could hit 789 or QKA on the board.
As a beginner, I would tell you to fold anything that’s not a pocket pair, AKs, AKo, AQs. As an intermediate/more experienced player, I would tell you to mix it up against these guys. You can play 78o, for example, because if the flop is 3 4 9, you can bet with confidence that the Tight Wad will fold because this flop would miss so much of his range that he will fold.
Next, the blinds. If you have Tight Wads in the blinds and you’re the button and it’s folded around to you, raise every time! No matter what you have. 72? Yes, raise. You’re not playing your cards, you’re playing the player. This type of player is going to be folding over 90% of their hands in the blinds. Keep doing this until they show resistance (yes, even Tight Wads will eventually grow tired of you stealing their blinds). But, until they do, steal those blinds mercilessly. If they call you, tread carefully. If they re-raise you, then you can let the hand go.
Finally, don’t bluff these guys more than once in a hand. If you bluff the flop and they call, don’t bluff the turn. They have you beat and are going to call. Along those same lines, you want to try to set-mine these players. Call a raise pre-flop with 44 because if the flop comes K 4 A, you’re going to get paid by his AK, AQ, AJs, KQs, etc and you can fold if you don’t hit and they show aggression.
To summarize, Tight Wads are easy to play against and predictable. Try to have them on your left, if possible. But playing against them from any position should be easy. Beginners, play only premium hands against them. More seasoned players, open your range a bit and play hands small suited connectors and small suited one-gap connectors because you should be able to read the board texture and tell if the flop hit the Tight Wad. But, in all, avoid playing those dominated broadway cards.
Run if they show aggression, bet if they check. These players play very straight-forward and you should be able to be profitable against them.