[NL2-NL10] NL10 SH, funky spot with AQs

    • dienaszaglis
      Joined: 12.06.2008 Posts: 999
      $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Holdem
      6 Players
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      UTG ($15.92) 159bb
      HERO (UTG+1) ($10) 100bb
      CO ($8.21) 82bb
      BTN ($16.57) 166bb
      SB ($11.62) 116bb
      BB ($11.40) 114bb

      Pre-Flop: ($0.15, 6 players) HERO is UTG+1 A:diamond: Q:diamond:
      UTG raises to $0.30, HERO raises to $1, 4 folds, UTG calls $0.70

      Flop: 3:club: 6:heart: Q:spade: ($2.15, 2 players)
      UTG checks, HERO bets $1.10, UTG raises to $2.20, HERO?

      Villain is unknown

      Honestly, I can see myself fold, flat and 3-bet here. Table overall is tight, with 1 CO fish (49/7).

      I decided to 3-bet, because I don`t know nothing about the villain and I like to play IP with initiative.

      In this spot my perceived range is very strong. Can I ever expect villain to X/R bluff in such a spot? He could easily have QQ+ here. Most likely he would just c/c Qx.
  • 1 reply
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,694

      Preflop: Flatting here is way better than 3betting. Assuming this guy is decent, he just folds all worse hands like KQ and AJ without dynamics. So that means that you end up isolating yourself against a range which beats your AQ on average.

      If you want to 3bet here, do it with a more polarized range, of KK+, and maybe mix in some not so good hands like JTs A5s KQo, hands that are probably not strong enough to call in MP vs UTG.

      Flop: This is why 3b is so bad. If you Flop TPTK and you are afraid of the min CR, something is wrong with your 3bet in the first place.

      I would just flat and take it from there. Odds are so good, sometimes he has some bluff.