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[NL20-NL50] SB w/ AJo - Defending against BB's 3-bet

    • Raknyo
      Joined: 15.12.2011 Posts: 422
      Poker Stars $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold'em - 6 players - View hand 2266240
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      BTN: $7.13
      Hero (SB): $25.00
      BB: $27.71
      UTG: $13.41
      MP: $34.91
      CO: $25.00

      Pre Flop: ($0.35) Hero is SB with J :diamond: A :heart:
      4 folds, Hero raises to $0.75, BB raises to $2.20, Hero calls $1.45

      Flop: ($4.40) A :spade: K :diamond: T :spade: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB bets $2.40, Hero calls $2.40

      Turn: ($9.20) 3 :heart: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB checks

      River: ($9.20) 6 :diamond: (2 players)
      Hero checks, BB checks

      PF: Defend my blind-steal.

      F: I think it may be best to bet here.

      Our opponent's checking range can outdraw us often.

      We can still expect value from worse Ax, worse pairs and draws.

      I'd be aiming to get two streets of value with this hand.

      T: I'd bet again for same reasons as flop, planning to check/call when the river misses all draws since our opponent's range doesn't seem to contain any strong hands since they'd be raising before the river.
  • 1 reply
    • w34z3l
      Joined: 03.08.2009 Posts: 13,332
      Hey Raknyo,

      Don't think this is a mandatory preflop defend without any info on BB. Given you are going to be OOP also might be fine just to turn the hand into a 4bet bluff and flat AQ+/TT instead if villain was definitely wide and you wanted to continue.

      There are certainly advantages to donking. But it's also true that donking may cause opponent fold any low-equity hands that have missed that he may otherwise have bluffed with. Also many of the hands that have ok equity vs you will bet anyway so you won't necessarily lose that much value. Overall I think you flop play is fine.

      You should probably consider betting river for value from any worse pairs. Perhaps just under half-pot or so.