What does raise to 3 BB mean?

    • infinity21
      infinity21
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      Joined: 08.11.2009 Posts: 10
      Hello, first forum post here. I'm a fairly new player (not familiar with all the terms, etc) so go easy on me :P

      I've been reading articles & watching videos but I don't think I've come across an answer to this. I occasionally see people betting 3 times the big blind and I'm not sure what to do in those situations. I know min-raising is showing weakness, maybe on a draw hand and raising to 4 times big blind (+1 for every limper) is standard but I'm confused on what 3 BB could mean... is it a strong hand that's being raised or maybe some medium hand (maybe low Ax?) that they're hoping to steal the blinds with?

      Thanks!
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    • Fagin
      Fagin
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      Joined: 06.05.2008 Posts: 544
      In poker generally, a "standard" raise is 3bb. Many players incorrectly see this as raising TO 3bb instead of raising BY 3bb.

      Ie : blinds are 10/20 then a raise of 3bb would make the bet 80 NOT 60 which is really just a raise of 2bb.

      Some players will also vary the size of their raise depending on their position, raising more when UTG and less when in the cutoff or on the button.

      The size of a raise alone is not an indicator of the strength of a hand, many other things need to be taken into consideration. I have seen many players raise by as much as 10bb with weaker hands like low pps because they don't want a caller. Some players will also raise hugely with AA "Because I always lose with it" and want to avoid callers.

      Hope this helps

      Cheers

      Fagin
    • infinity21
      infinity21
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      Joined: 08.11.2009 Posts: 10
      Oh, that explains things.. thanks :)

      Other than using odd tendencies (like you described), what else would you use to determine your action?

      The things I can think of are their position, playstyle, and maybe their perception of my playstyle (usually pretty tight).
    • p0kerdragon1
      p0kerdragon1
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      Joined: 21.03.2009 Posts: 84
      The size of the raise does not tell us anything about the opponents hand if this parameter is analyzed without other factors

      You can make a better decision with this information :

      1. Position of the raiser: UTG, MP, LP or blinds. Earliest the position better the hand

      2. Type of player: Tight, Loose, Aggressive,

      3. Size of the bet

      For example

      A tight-aggressive player making a 3-4 BBs from UTG means a very strong hand

      A loose-aggressive player making a 2-4BBs from the same position indicates a bigger variety of hands
    • jonnyquest
      jonnyquest
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      Joined: 21.09.2009 Posts: 285
      Hi there.

      I agree with the previous posts but I think it may also just be a live player who has moved to playing online. I used to always raise to 3bb before joining PS. That was and still is the standard raise in every casino I've ever played in(Canada/U.S. only) Just something to think about.

      Cheers
    • TheRebuz
      TheRebuz
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      Joined: 12.10.2008 Posts: 2,078
      Originally posted by Fagin
      In poker generally, a "standard" raise is 3bb. Many players incorrectly see this as raising TO 3bb instead of raising BY 3bb.

      Ie : blinds are 10/20 then a raise of 3bb would make the bet 80 NOT 60 which is really just a raise of 2bb.

      Fagin
      3xbb standard raise imo, so i gues u got it wrong
    • ihufa
      ihufa
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      Joined: 18.03.2008 Posts: 3,323
      i think on nl10 4bb is probably fine cus everyone are so bad but on nl50+ 3bb is the standard openraise