[NL2-NL10] AKo – 3-Bet OOP | T78r Flop

    • Raknyo
      Joined: 15.12.2011 Posts: 422
      PokerStars - $0.02 NL (6 max) ZOOM - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      BTN: 78 BB
      SB: 150.5 BB
      Hero (BB): 103 BB
      UTG: 69 BB
      MP: 109.5 BB
      CO: 67 BB

      SB posts SB 0.5 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: $0.03) Hero has A:heart: K:club:

      fold, fold, CO raises to 4 BB, fold, fold, Hero raises to 12 BB, CO calls 8 BB

      Flop: (24.5BB, 2 players) T:diamond: 7:spade: 8:club:

      PF: Hero bets 3 x original raise-size since CO has a less than 100BB stack so will be able to get him all in without 3-betting a little more.

      F: Even though Hero has not connected with the board, it is unlikely that CO has either since not much of his range is Tx. However, CO could have a lot of overcards that Hero doesn't want to give a free card too. Therefore, Hero should definitely bet for the following reasons:
      Maximise value – Hero could maybe expect weaker A-high hands to call, AJ + AQ.
      Bluff – If CO called with smaller pocket pairs, Hero can easily get them to fold with a bet. Also, Hero has two over-cards to the board so even if he is called, he could hit one of his outs.
      Continuation bet – Since Hero 3-bet pre-flop, a bet again represents a strong hand so shows a lot of strength even though Hero hasn't got a made hand. This helps him to balance his range, so thinking players have a harder time reading his hand.
      Protection – The board offers a lot of draws in the form of over-cards and gutshots, Hero could still have the best hand and thus should protect his hand with a bet.

      Hero should bet around 2/3 pot (roughly 16BB) to mainly hope to take the pot down here now and also to protect his hand against possible draws. If faced with a raise, Hero would choose to fold as he thinks he would lack the needed odds to call.
  • 1 reply
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,779
      Ok this is one of those typical cbet spots. Here's my answer to another guy

      nl2 hero AdJs

      So using the same logic process,

      1) Is it Headsup or 3way? Headsup, so our default plan should be to cbet
      2) Is the board dry or wet? It's really wet. Sure it's rainbow, but I think coordination is more important than presence of flush draw (unless of course the board is monotone).

      Look at the number of hands which is typically in his calling range, and think about what you are actually folding out.

      midpairs: 77-JJ are never folding
      Some broadways: You fold out AQ probably, but he never folds AJ/KQ/QJs/ATs/KTs/JTs/QTs
      middle suited connectors: T9s 98s 78s 79s J9s are never folding.

      In the grand scheme of things, your fold equity against a typical calling range here is <25%. So this is a really standard c/f.

      If the flop was like T75 then I would probably cbet.