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[NL2-NL10] A9o BB defence

    • kiwicoach
      Joined: 31.07.2013 Posts: 220

      One of the areas that still confuses me slightly is blind defence on 6-max. I know I'm way ahead of BTNs steal range here given his PFR and steal percentages but am unsure whether to give up preflop because I'm OOP or choose a raise/fold line, or simply call as I did here. Can you please advise optimal play preflop in this situation.

      Once I'm in the hand I decide to check raise/fold the flop to see where I stand. Problem with this is a player with his aggression will likely 3-bet a lot of hands I'm ahead of. I end up folding to his flop 3-bet. What is the optimal play here?


      PokerStars - $0.05 NL (6 max) - Holdem - 6 players
      Hand converted by PokerTracker 4

      CO: 109.4 BB (VPIP: 13.04, PFR: 8.70, 3Bet Preflop: 4.55, Hands: 47)
      BTN: 135.2 BB (VPIP: 41.67, PFR: 36.11, 3Bet Preflop: 7.69, Hands: 38)
      SB: 61.2 BB (VPIP: 15.69, PFR: 9.80, 3Bet Preflop: 4.00, Hands: 52)
      Hero (BB): 78.4 BB
      UTG: 107.8 BB (VPIP: 19.51, PFR: 9.76, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 41)
      MP: 228.6 BB (VPIP: 17.39, PFR: 13.04, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 71)

      SB posts SB 0.4 BB, Hero posts BB 1 BB

      Pre Flop: (pot: 1.4 BB) Hero has A:spade: 9:heart:

      fold, fold, fold, BTN raises to 3 BB, fold, Hero calls 2 BB

      Flop: (6.4 BB, 2 players) 3:spade: 9:diamond: Q:spade:
      Hero checks, BTN bets 3 BB, Hero raises to 12 BB, BTN raises to 35 BB, fold

      BTN wins 29.2 BB
  • 2 replies
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,795

      Flop: This is an easy call here. Raising achieves nothing here.

      1. No value from worse hands
      2. Not bluffing out better hands

      Preflop: Call for the same reasons. 3-betting probably isolates you vs better holdings and this is a hand that's strong enough to call so you don't need to 3-bet it and turn it into a bluff.
    • BogdanPS
      Joined: 12.05.2010 Posts: 27,588
      Hi kiwicoach,

      Preflop: looks fine

      Postflop: Generally speaking at 5nl you want to give up preflop with such weak aces (all below ATo).

      You are ahead but it's very hard to play them postflop.

      As played you have a bluffcatcher and redraw so I don't see the need to turn it into a bluff. Nothing better really folds there.