[NL2-NL10] QQ x 4Bet

    • boozaf
      Joined: 02.12.2009 Posts: 140
      PokerStars - $0.10 NL - Holdem - 8 players

      UTG: $12.52
      Hero (UTG+1): $9.39
      MP: $5.42
      MP+1: $5.12
      CO: $9.85
      BTN: $10.00 VP 15 / PFR 14 / 3BPF 4 / 4BPF 6 (400 hands sample)
      SB: $13.64
      BB: $12.36

      SB posts SB $0.05, BB posts BB $0.10

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.15) Hero has Q:spade: Q:club:

      fold, Hero raises to $0.40, fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to $1.25, fold, fold, Hero raises to $2.70, BTN raises to $8.25, fold

      BTN wins $5.55

      Should I expect ONLY KK+ or could he also have AK?
  • 1 reply
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,694
      This is a really bad play, unless you think
      1) He calls the 4bet with a lot of worse hands AND
      2) Only 5bets KK+

      If these 2 criteria are met, 4betting QQ with the intention of folding is by far the best play.

      If villain 3bet bluffs a fair amount and goes broke with QQ+/AK then you should 4bet/call. If he goes broke with JJ too then it becomes a really easy 4bet/call.

      If your first 2 options of 4bet/call and 4bet/fold are not suitable (meaning his range is just ultra tight, 1-2% 3bet%), then your last option is to call with QQ. You can hope he has AK so bluff catch one street on a non A/K high Flop and give up later.

      So essentially you are 50% bluff catching vs AK and 50% set-mining.

      I think in this case, calling >>> 4bet/call > 4bet/fold