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[NL2-NL10] Calling 3-Bet with KQ pre-flop

    • maheepsangari
      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Poker Stars, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      BB: $4.67 (46.7 bb)
      MP: $10.27 (102.7 bb)
      CO: $3.64 (36.4 bb)
      Hero (BTN): $10.57 (105.7 bb) 20/20/1.7/8.3/40/44 BTN open 33%
      SB: $10.08 (100.8 bb) 19/16/4.7/13.0/18/261 3-Bet SB 22%(32)

      Preflop: Hero is BTN with Q K
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, SB raises to $1, BB folds, Hero calls $0.70

      3-Bet from SB 22%(32), I was rasing BTN 33%. Against this guy should I 4-Bet him or fold or was calling fine? If I 4-Bet I'll have to 4-Bet/fold and I'll have turned this hand into a bluff which I don't want to do against his range. I have position, its a heads up pot, keeping that in mind I decided to call and keep some of his bluffs in the hand. I was preparing to call down till river if I hit any of my pairs anyway.

      Flop: ($2.10) 4 T K (2 players)
      SB bets $1.36, Hero calls $1.36

      Turn: ($4.82) Q (2 players)
      SB bets $3.12, Hero raises to $8.21 and is all-in, SB calls $4.60 and is all-in

      River: ($20.26) 3 (2 players, 2 are all-in)
  • 1 reply
    • veriz
      Joined: 20.07.2008 Posts: 65,504
      Hello maheepsangari,

      The problem is that you ain't really ahead vs his 22% range here even with KQ:

             Equity     Win     Tie
      UTG    51.17%  48.92%   2.25% { 22+, A3s+, K7s+, Q8s+, J9s+, T9s, A8o+, KTo+, QTo+, JTo }
      UTG+1  48.83%  46.58%   2.25% { KQo }

      so which means we still have to overplay him postflop and fight back most of the flops. Might even be safer to 4bet/Fold.

      But also keep in mind if you have such a maniac on the blinds who is 3betting that often then min-raise from the BTN to give you the option to Call vs him loose.

      Best Regards.