The double barreling option isn't really there with this reg. You can see that he is a huge calling station. Could we entertain the idea of a triple barrel against him? Well, we require a massive sample in order to have useful information on this stat. This is because even though we have hands on this player, he has never faced a triple barrel over this sample.
As you can see above, I do not include this stat on my HUD. However, I do refer to it regularly in the popup display. However, making a play like this requires an extremely precise read. And given the fact that this particular player doesn't fold very often to a CBet on the flop or the turn I will rarely be taking a bet, bet or a bet, bet shove line without a big hand. So this opens up the option of several other lines depending on our position in the hand.
We know that he isn't going to fold very often so this line provides some pot control and perhaps allows us to get some thin value with a mediocre hand as well. If we are OOP though, in order to find the right line will need some specific information on how our opponent reacts when the preflop raiser fails to make a CBet. The "Float" stat in the flop tab of the PokerTracker 4 popup display is the one that you want.
Sometimes you don't even need to bother with it though. You may have noticed above on the HUD that this player has a maniacal total AF of 6 over a large sample. So yes, he will almost certainly bet with any two cards if we check to him. Since this player is so overly aggressive postflop he will probably fire again with weak hands if we call and show weakness again on the turn. Because you will of course get called once in awhile. There is nothing worse in the world than getting hero called here and finding out that you are drawing dead.
You need to have a very precise read in order to attempt a play like this. It is important to note however that a big part of their range is still for value. We don't want to start shipping in stacks every time with pocket 9's. So most of the time you should in fact still just be folding. However, once somebody's 4Bet ratio reaches 3, 4 or higher you would definitely be making a mistake by only shoving with premium hands.
They have enough bluffs in their range that we should also be 5Bet shipping "light" on occasion as well. Ax hands are good to shove with because you will literally always have some kind of equity unless they have AA.
Since we have an ace the chances of them having one as well are low. And it is even more unlikely that they will have an ace that is worth calling off their stack with. But even in this scenario we still aren't drawing dead by any means. Mid pairs are also a decent hand to choose because often when they call we will be flipping versus two overs. It is pretty hard for them to have a higher pair. Kx hands, broadways and suited connectors are definitely the types of hands that you will want to avoid shoving with because you will often have very poor equity if the stacks go in.
Please note that sample size is insanely important here. Also, as mentioned, I am only ever doing this versus the extremely aggressive regs who have a wide 4Bet bluffing range. You probably won't see too many players like this until NL25 and even there they are still rare. If you play at NL10 or below I would suggest that you not even think about shoving light versus anybody right now.
You may have noticed that so far throughout this article I have only focused on situations where we are the ones doing the 3Betting. What about all of the times when somebody 3Bets us though? This of course will happen very often especially as you move up the micros. Well for starters, we need to be aware of the action in the hand once again.
As I discussed above, we should be careful with messing around with regs when they open in EP. Well, I think we should assume that most regs are thinking the same thing about us as well. Even if only on an instinctive level, most of the bad regs will understand that people tend to have a tighter range when they open from EP. The good regs of course will certainly be aware of this.
So generally speaking, when you open in EP and a reg 3Bets you from where ever the alarm bells should be going off. They probably have something decent to great a lot of the time. No, that 18 tabling nit didn't decide to mess with your UTG open out of the blue! He is in fact turning his hand face up and politely letting you know that he has a monster. So most of the time I will just be folding my small and mid pairs as well as my weaker broadways and weaker aces. Position certainly does play a role here.
I will be more inclined to call if they 3Bet me from the blinds. However, on the whole, I will give most regs quite a bit of respect in a spot like this. This is especially the case at a full ring table. When the action in the hand is around the button though it is a whole different story. It will also very much depend on how 3Bet happy they are. Then it is probably safe to say that they have a decent number of "light" holdings in their range alongside their value hands.
So once somebody 3Bets us we of course have two options:. Ok I lied. We could fold as well. But where is the fun in that? You should of course be choosing option 3 a lot of the time. However, there isn't much to talk about when we fold so let's move on to flatting the 3Bet. Position is Hugely Important. Flatting a 3Bet when you do not have the nuts and playing back at them in the right spots is made infinitely easier when you get to act last after the flop, turn and river.
You get to see what they do first on every single street. You can then choose to float, raise or bet given the board texture and what the HUD data is telling you about their specific weaknesses. So I will be quite a bit more inclined to flat a 3Bet preflop if I am in position. If I am out of position, then I will be more inclined to take the 4Bet line which I will discuss shortly.
So as you might have guessed the line that I choose to take postflop will once again heavily depend on any specific weaknesses that I see in my opponent's game. They all have them at these limits as we have seen multiple times already. Let's look at another decent reg and break down the best line of attack as the preflop caller. When you flat a 3Bet the first thing that you should always look at are the CBet by street stats. You can see with this particular opponent that he is 80, 54 and respectively.
Now it is important to keep in mind that these numbers are for single raised pots only. You can pull up the popup display and find the numbers for 3Bet pots if you want. However, I find that most people tend to play similarly in both situations especially if they have a reasonably wide 3Betting range, which this player does. So the line that immediately makes the most sense against this particular player is to float the flop and then bet when he checks to us on the turn. I want to make it clear that I am by no means doing this every single time.
It really is important that you fold a good chunk of the time as well especially when you have nothing at all. But calling 3Bets preflop and then only continuing when you hit top pair or a good draw is a good way to burn through money really fast. So I will be frequently looking to take the pot away if I have any equity at all i. So let's look at the very final scenario now. We get 3Bet by an aggressive reg yet again.
We are OOP so the flatting option does not seem very appealing. We know that this guy is out of line so we decide to put in the 4Bet. It is important that once you get to about NL25 that you add a 4Bet bluffing element to your game. Please don't get me wrong. Bluffs should still represent a very small portion of your overall 4Betting range.
So you should be happy calling off your stack the large majority of the time when your opponent decides to make the 5Bet. However, with the amount of 3Betting that goes on with some regs these days at the upper end of the micros you simply can't just lay down and die every time.
The beauty of 4Betting is that it draws a line in the sand and basically forces them to have a real hand in order to continue. So what hands do we want to be 4Bet bluffing with? Well, usually something that I don't mind throwing away to a shove and which blocks a bunch of high cards. I am never calling a shove with any of these, I just want them to fold.
And it is a little bit less likely that they will have the big ace or pair to shove with since I have blockers to those in my own hand. If you want a much more detailed explanation on my 4Betting strategy including what hands to do it with and which player types to target, I have a big section on this in my latest poker book The Micro Stakes Playbook.
I have talked about regs, and especially good regs, throughout this entire article. However, I would be remiss not to mention at least something about the players who are the entire reason why you should be playing poker. If you have read my blog before, watched my videos or read either of my books then you will know that I am constantly preaching the importance of table selection in today's games. The best way to "crush" a good reg is to not play against them in the first place!
Go chase the fish and the bad regs around and watch your win rate skyrocket. So let's talk about recreational players in particular. How should we approach playing 3Bet pots against them? Well, as usual it is a little bit all over the place because there is no rhyme or reason behind their play a lot of the time. The action in the hand will not matter for instance. If they 3Bet your EP open it is not nearly the same thing as if a reg does this. This is because fish have no concept of stuff like position and ranges at the poker table.
They don't know what these terms even mean and they don't care either. They just play the game for fun. Most recreational players will have stats that look something like this:. However, the thing with fish is that the hands they choose to make a 3Bet with will sometimes be completely random.
For instance, sometimes out of nowhere they will decide that it is a good idea to make a 3Bet with a hand like A2, QT, 66 or T8. Don't get me wrong. But they also like to slowplay these hands quite a bit too. So a decent chunk of their 3Betting range will just be some random nonsense. The other thing about recreational players is that they are so incredibly profitable to play against postflop.
These guys lose money at an incredible pace because they do stuff like this all the time:. Basically our implied odds are through the roof when seeing a flop with a player like this. Furthermore, often their preflop 3Bet is undersized.
This not only gives us a much better price to get involved but it keeps the stacks deeper after the flop which gives us a lot more maneuverability. So I will be much more inclined to call a 3Bet even OOP versus a recreational player with all sorts of speculative hands. I know that they will frequently make colossal mistakes after the flop and therefore my slightly "loose" calls preflop will get paid off in a big way.
So I want to thank you for reading if you got to this point! Here is what I hope will be your biggest takeaway from this article:. The key to dominating in 3Bet pots is understanding who your opponent is and finding their specific weaknesses both before the flop and after it. However, if you play without a HUD or you play live , then this just boils down to improving your observational skills at the poker table.
Poker is a game based around information and so even when you are not involved in hand you should be paying attention and taking mental notes for future hands. Posted by BlackRain Labels: 3Bet pots , poker 3bet strategy , poker 3Betting.
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You also have carefully select your value hands — only very strong hands make the cut. When you face a check-raise, your opponent is representing a lot of strength. So, you can get away with folding a surprising amount of decent draws like K9 and some decent value hands like QJ. These hands may seem too strong to fold, but since they are at the bottom of your very strong betting range, you can comfortably fold them. You should plan on betting three streets with all of your value hands unless the board changes.
Against such a big size your opponent should respond by folding a lot. He should also check-raise very infrequently since your betting range is so strong. Note: This is a reasonable but simplified range. A theoretical perfect betting range would still include a few medium strength hands and slightly more diverse bluffs.
Show answer Expand When you use this large size, you force your opponent to respond with a very strong calling range. Therefore when you fire two or three pot-sized bets, you will only get called by a strong queen or better. Having QQ means it is very hard for your opponent to have a queen -- there's only one left in the deck. Therefore it makes more sense to trap QQ with a check.
Your opponent gets such a bad price to continue that even a lot of his draws are in trouble against such a big bet. Opponents are likely not used to facing this bet size since not that many players use it. This could result in them making more mistakes like calling the c-bet too often or not enough. The hands you are betting are very clearly categorized as value or bluff. This means you only have to think about what hands are strong enough to value bet three times and then find bluff candidates to accompany them.
Additionally, you do not have to get creative with your bluffing hands because you do not have many value bets either. You can usually just bluff with your decent draws and that will be enough to balance your range. The same thing is true on the turn and river. If the board does not change much, you can just keep betting your value hands while giving up with your weakest bluffs on each street.
When you bet this big three times, a decent amount of the hands your opponent calls you down with are going to be super strong. In other words, you lose the maximum when you get coolered. This size should be pretty easy to defend against — in theory, at least — because your opponent needs to do very little raising and can simply fold a lot of his hands.
He does not have to make many decisions. Unlike the other 2 sizes, this size should, in theory, not be used on certain boards. However, a smaller size makes sense as an exploitative adjustment because, in practice, it is tough to defend correctly versus a small bet on this kind of boards. This means you run into more issues on turns where either a lot of your draws come in and you can therefore not bluff enough anymore or a lot of weaker hands improve e.
The intention is for you to use the lists above to better understand the bet sizes so you know when each one is most appropriate. Signup today for free poker strategy, exclusive discounts, and be the first to get notified on new updates.
So my confusion stems from how much to raise; I don't think calling here is the right play given the multi-way scenario and giving any draws behind me the pot odds to continue by calling. Appreciate any and all thoughts!
October What's up, Jordan Power! I put QQ into my 3-bet range regardless of position and would increase my bet size to reflect the OOP disadvantage. I guess my question is Obviously only 2 other hands that are better. Would you have 3-bet KK and AA?
You had the 3rd best hand in poker at that point. If he has a piece of the flop, then he will probably come along for the ride. Yeah I should have noted the raise was for value, too. I thought V would continue with a good chunk of his range which I effectively dominated.
I would have 3 bet preflop. I know that it can be nerve wracking to 3-bet, get called, and see an A or K on the flop, but if you are not 3-betting QQ here then you are not 3-betting nearly enough. You are way ahead of the other opponents ranges at the table and the equity of your hand decreases dramatically when you play it multi-way OOP.
Based on the way you played it, raising is the right decision. Thanks Dennis, totally agree on the 3-betting. I chickened out, plain and simple I took a nice break after this hand to refocus. Could you elaborate on the raise size? Why a larger sizing? I actually thought my raise may have been too large here and that it might discourage action. What's your thought here? October edited October Are they all sitting deep Like everyone else this is a 3 bet.
This is a great hand for squeezing. Then add the fact that you said the table is extremely passive. Yes against good agressive players with deep stacks, being oop may be a big problem for a 3 bet.. So if they call your 3 bet On the flop, you have to be thinking a bit more on pot sizes and remaining stack sizes.
Again I only know you stack size. So how do we get this in by the river I like to think of betting half my stack on the river as a starting point I tend to round so thats That give you into on the turn, and into on the river, might be callable bets by say An AK that can convince himself you missed the flush So a check raise to ish works here. As the board is drawy,,,we may want to get this in faster I would like this if the Ace was not a club, so he could have top pair and a draw You could chunk the turn and river Just found your blog a couple days ago.
Would like to ask you some questions. Can I reach you through emails? Thanks Winn! Hello Nathan, thank you so much for this superb article. I have a question about 3betting the easy targets which is: aren't we turning "All Just Below Premiums: AQ, AJ, KQ, 99, 88, 77" into bluffs when we 3bet them against these kind of opponents?
Thanks Dcqq! Good question. You probably could flat with these hands sometimes if you want as well especially when IP in order to get some additional value. I don't really think that we are turning them into bluffs. The two "easy targets" in this article for instance have an attempt to steal the blinds of 31 and 38 respectively. Therefore, all of these just below premium hands would clearly be ahead of much of their range which makes the 3Bet for value.
I can definitely use the tips on playing against 3bets. Hello, Nathan. Great post! I have a question; I hope it is not too late. I tried to write this in a forum, and they say this is absurd, because 3betting against the CO is not very common. What is your opinion on this? Do you think this is not a trend, and actually 4betting them is dangerous or is it ok? Again thanks for the great post. Thanks Leonardo. I think you are right and they are wrong in the forum.
I think you have three options. Leave the table 2. Tighten up 3. If you do stay they you should be a bit more selective in your opening range but also 4Bet a little bit wider. Or even with these premiums cards still worth more call? You should balance your range against good regs so you should be doing both flatting and 3Betting. Hi Nathan! Awesome post!! I'm a little late , no? Or do you have a certain range of flatting? After thinking about it , I would just have a range a little tigher than my "RIF" 's range because of the size of the pot but keep some light hand like 8T's for exemple.
It depends on the villain more than anything but I am not going to flat with total crap. It has to be something that is somewhat playable. Hi BlackRain. The former stat is more concise and provides much more useful information in my opinion. Yeah, surely. Great article and easy to read, the only thing missing is how do you play postflop if you've 3betted which seems to be like a loose aggro preflop but only have like 20 hands on him and almost no stats postflop.
Last time I 3betted AQo in the bb with the vilain on btn, I cbet the flop he call, I check turn and he bet, I fold and try not to hit my keyboard. This is the longest post in the history of my website and took a very long time to write. So I couldn't go into postflop without literally writing another book. Good idea for a sequel post in the future though! Good post man, for some reason just now I read it. I would say that the overall concepts carry on even at midstakes, good material here!
Such a great article, Nathan! What I have learned from this, is to pay more attention to their post flop frequencies, where as before I would mainly use range advantage and board texture. I can't believe it, it was right in front of my face and never knew it HUD stats. Thank You so much, I cannot wait to try it out, as I am still in a rabbit hole of your articles, this was one of my favorites so far. Thank You again for everything you do. Thanks for your posts and now clips.
From what I can tell, you are one of the few people who has vast experience at the microstakes together with the ability to write informed, articulate , interesting and useful material. Poker is extremely complex and I'm slowly taking in 3-betting ideas. TKS AL.
Hey al, Awesome, I hope my book helps! Honestly, no. I have not covered short-handed or heads up play very much before. I do have plans to write more about this in the future though. Nathan, long time subscriber. I am trying to get the Massive Profit guide, but when I sign up for it, I get a message that won't allow me to order.
Barb Doerr, bjdstellar comcast. Thank you! Thanks for being a long time subscriber of mine! Great read Nathan. Thanks for your effort on this one. Damn fine article. Greatly appreciated. Both of these players who otherwise appear to be fairly decent and aggressive regulars have significant leaks in their preflop game.
Versus players who are this unbalanced one could make the case that we should literally 3Bet them with any two cards. I understand the logic but I don't think that this is an effective strategy because they will eventually catch on and adjust. I want to exploit their significant weakness here just enough to get the max value but not enough to alert them that something funny is going on. If you get out of line too much they will adjust and play better. We obviously don't want that.
You can even download this custom HUD for free and use it at the tables yourself. It is difficult to put an exact number on it. However, I am probably going to 3Bet players like this with at least twice as wide of a range as everybody else. However, this is still very dependent on the action in the hand. What do I mean by the "action in the hand?
It is important to remember that most players at the micros have a very tight opening range from EP early position. Therefore, it is not a good idea to mess around when they raise from these seats. I love to 3Bet the crap out of the weak regs! So versus the easy targets that we discussed above I am going to be 3Betting them in these LP late position situations with a range perhaps as wide as this:.
All Small Pairs: 66, 55, 44, 33, Here is visual representation of the above:. I am sure that I missed some hands but I think that you probably get the idea. If I have anything that is remotely decent, then it is very likely that they will be seeing a re-raise from me. After all, I like free money. I bet you do as well.
You might have noticed though that one certain group of hands is glaringly absent from this list. These hands are so powerful that I will actually be inclined to just call fairly often versus somebody who is folding to a 3Bet a ridiculously high amount of the time. It is just more profitable to go to the flop with them and hope to extract some value rather than end the hand preflop and only collect their 3bb open.
Also, if a fish has already called then I will almost certainly be bumping it up because those types of players don't fold to 3Bets. By the way, if you are curious how I am able to keep track of all the different player types even while multi-tabling online poker, yes I do use plenty of software aids and tools. For the complete list of poker software tools I use as a pro, click here.
I am still going to be making a CBet most of the time. When betting such a small percentage of the pot you don't need to get folds all that often in order to turn a profit. In fact, if you can get them to fold about 1 out of 3 times then you will break even on your CBet. As do basically all players. However, these stats need to be taken with a grain of salt.
It is extremely important that you learn how to interpret HUD data based on the situation. Here is the bottom line though. Also, both of these players have a reasonably wide 4Betting range that includes much more than just the nuts especially the first guy, ratio of 4. There is no magic formula that exists to crush well balanced regs like this.
However, as I have also mentioned many times, everybody has leaks at the micros. Do you want a simple step by step guide to show you exactly how to start winning consistently right now? That is why I recently wrote this free little 50 page no BS guide to teach you exactly how to start crushing these games right now.
Enter your details below and I will send my free poker cheat sheet to your email right now. I will of course just flat with many of these hands as well depending on the situation. The point here is that my goal when playing against good thinking opponents is always to make myself as unreadable as possible.
I will regularly both 3Bet and flat them with all of these hands, and in all situations, because it makes guessing what I have nearly impossible. So an aggressive reg like this is going to fight back frequently of course. This can happen in one of two ways. When a good, balanced reg flats my 3Bet we can put them on a much wider range than the guys who fold everything but the nuts who we discussed before.
I also expect them to be getting tricky with a premium hand from time to time as well. I expect at least as much resistance though because a big part of their plan when flatting me preflop was to try and outplay me postflop. So we need to devise a much more sophisticated strategy against these types of players than "make a CBet most of the time and give up if they call or raise. And as you might have guessed, the line that I choose to take will very often depend heavily on the specific postflop weaknesses that I notice in their HUD stats.
Once again, they all have leaks at the micros. You just need to dig a little bit deeper with the better regs like this. So let's take a look at those two tougher regs that we identified above once again. However, this time we will focus on the postflop stats. When somebody flats me preflop single raised pot or 3Bet pot the first thing that I want to know is if I can barrel them off. We know that this player is weak quite a bit postflop and a double barrel will put tremendous pressure on him.
Phil Ivey talks about "sizing down" like this a lot in his new advanced poker strategy course. Basically by making out CBets smaller, it allows us more room to keep betting later on in the hand. However, as I also mentioned before, I constantly want to be mixing things up against players like this so that they can never get a read on what hand that I am likely to show up with.
I will do this with a wide range of hands not just the nuts in order to balance my play. When you are capable of taking lines like this against the better regs from time to time with a wide variety of hands it will mess with their heads in a big way. They will be much more reluctant to play back at you again in the future. Let's look at the full ring reg again:. The double barreling option isn't really there with this reg.
You can see that he is a huge calling station. Could we entertain the idea of a triple barrel against him? Well, we require a massive sample in order to have useful information on this stat. This is because even though we have hands on this player, he has never faced a triple barrel over this sample.
As you can see above, I do not include this stat on my HUD. However, I do refer to it regularly in the popup display. However, making a play like this requires an extremely precise read. And given the fact that this particular player doesn't fold very often to a CBet on the flop or the turn I will rarely be taking a bet, bet or a bet, bet shove line without a big hand.
So this opens up the option of several other lines depending on our position in the hand. We know that he isn't going to fold very often so this line provides some pot control and perhaps allows us to get some thin value with a mediocre hand as well.
If we are OOP though, in order to find the right line will need some specific information on how our opponent reacts when the preflop raiser fails to make a CBet. The "Float" stat in the flop tab of the PokerTracker 4 popup display is the one that you want. Sometimes you don't even need to bother with it though.
You may have noticed above on the HUD that this player has a maniacal total AF of 6 over a large sample. So yes, he will almost certainly bet with any two cards if we check to him. Since this player is so overly aggressive postflop he will probably fire again with weak hands if we call and show weakness again on the turn. Because you will of course get called once in awhile. There is nothing worse in the world than getting hero called here and finding out that you are drawing dead.
You need to have a very precise read in order to attempt a play like this. It is important to note however that a big part of their range is still for value. We don't want to start shipping in stacks every time with pocket 9's. So most of the time you should in fact still just be folding. However, once somebody's 4Bet ratio reaches 3, 4 or higher you would definitely be making a mistake by only shoving with premium hands. They have enough bluffs in their range that we should also be 5Bet shipping "light" on occasion as well.
Ax hands are good to shove with because you will literally always have some kind of equity unless they have AA. Since we have an ace the chances of them having one as well are low. And it is even more unlikely that they will have an ace that is worth calling off their stack with.
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A 3-bet, which is always a form of a re-raise is designed to be an indicator of a true premium hand. The 3-bet is a shot over the bow of the initial raiser, designed to capture that pot right there. Overall, the 3-bet is traditionally one of the strongest moves a player can make, trailing perhaps only the all-in push and the check-raise in its ability to change a hand. The use of 3-bets is best done selectively , at opportune moments. Many hyper-aggressive players 3-bet with a wide range of hands, including many garbage hands, in the nature of bluffs.
Most 3-bets, however, are done with big hands. Another successful type of 3-bet can be done against a player who might over-value the long-term prospects of the game or tourney in deference to what might happen in that specific hand. He might be surrendering a bit too much of his chance to win in hopes of getting a better opportunity in a later hand. Then there are bluffs. Using a hand range program like Equilab, you can estimate the range of hands they are opening, and decide what range of hands to flat call or re-raise with.
Equity just means your chance of winning the pot based on the strength of your hand. This equity advantage combined with your positional advantage postflop needs to be large enough to overcome the fact that you have a capped range against their uncapped range. When choosing hands to re-raise in a polarized strategy which will be explained further below , you need to be raising hands that are stronger than their range value and slightly too weak to call your bluffs.
It does not make sense to start 3-bet bluffing as a beginner with a hand like 34 suited. It is much better to use a hand like A4 suited, which does much better against their calling range, while also blocking their strongest hands. For example, if you are all in preflop against KK with your bluff hand of A4 suited, you win roughly a third of the time! The additional advantage of using a hand like A4s in your bluffing range is that it makes it less likely for your opponent to have strong hands like AK or AA, because you have one of the only four aces in the deck.
Before you attempt a 3-bet, however, you need to understand the relevant poker statistics and their acronyms in poker tracking software such as Poker Copilot. They are:. The fold to 3-bet statistic is the most important one to understand. However, at the lower stakes this will usually be higher, because players there are generally weighted towards value when they 3-bet.
This will involve using a depolarized range. This will involve using a polarized range. The percentages of fold to 3-bet work on a sliding scale. This statistic can change the way that you create your ranges. Against players who have a high fold to flop continuation bet, you can start opening your range to have a slightly higher concentration of bluffs.
Be wary of 3-betting a player who has a high 4-bet percentage. Against these players, you can develop a strategy of 3-betting a tighter range and 5-betting them which is often an all-in preflop if they are calling too much, or flat calling their 4-bets with your range advantage and playing postflop.
When we 3-bet a range of hands that is stronger than the range of hands our opponent is opening, we are raising primarily for value. This is called a depolarized strategy. A depolarized range only contains value hands of varying strength. Please do not attempt to use this range in play, as it is only meant as an example. We balance this range depending on their fold to 3-bet poker statistics.
This is called a polarized strategy. You would be 3-betting A2s—A5s as a bluff, and planning on folding to a 4-bet. In this situation, you have 16 combos of hands that are bluffs, and 34 that are value, which is a good range for beginners to become more comfortable. Please do not use this 3-betting range in your games; it is only an example meant to illustrate how a 3-betting range can be constructed. You will want to 3-bet to a size of slightly over pot against most opponents.
Against players who are folding too often against 3-bets, you can use a slightly smaller sizing and add in more bluffs. Against players calling too often against 3-bets, you can use a slightly larger sizing, and have a higher ratio of value to bluffs.
The small blind is the most difficult blind to defend. This is because if you flat call preflop, the player in the big blind will have a very good price to call compared to the size of the pot. This puts you into situations where you are forced to play out of position against two other players.
Additionally, your opponents know that the range of hands you have is capped, because you would always be 3-betting your strongest hands. A stronger strategy for beginners is to use a 3-bet or fold strategy from the small blind. Unless you have a very good reason to flat call if, for example, you have a very passive player in the big blind and you have a pocket pair that has great implied odds when you hit your set , then you should be either folding your hand or 3-betting.
To defend your big blind, you will 3-bet depending on your opponent, but with the understanding that, because you are out of position against everyone but the small blind, you need to have a strong range. If you are against a player who is folding too much to 3-bets, folding too much to cbets in 3-bet hands, or opening too wide on the button, you can widen your 3-betting range in order to exploit the mistakes in their game.
Like all of the hand ranges in this guide, it is designed for beginners and is therefore on the tight side.
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