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Donk Bets (4) - Tricky Spots

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We already introduced you to some of the things you have to keep in mind if you want to integrate donk bets into your game. We also talked about quick ways of analysing how your opponent's donk bet can be interpreted. Today, we will examine four spots in which donk bets play a role.

Spot 1 – Possible donk bet in heads-up

EXAMPLE 1:

PartyPoker $25 NL Hold'em (6-handed)

Stacks & Stats
MP ($25)
CO ($25)
UTG ($25)
Hero ($25)
SB ($25)
BU ($25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A , J
UTG raises $1.00, 4 folds, Hero calls $1.00

Flop: ($2.10) 3, 4, 9 (2 players)
Hero bets $1.40, ...

Preflop, you decided to defend passively. You don't really hit anything on the flop, but you have a few outs (two over cards, back door flush, back door straight).

You can donk here if you think you will get a lot of fold equity, for example against TAGs who only play straightforward, or against rocks. When up against a calling station, you have to be prepared that a weaker hand will call every now and then, in this case this is a marginal spot.

Against loose players who don't give you much credit and who might re-bluff you, you should not make this bet.

EXAMPLE 2:

PartyPoker $25 NL Hold'em (6-handed)

Stacks & Stats
MP ($25)
CO ($25)
UTG ($25)
Hero ($25)
SB ($25)
BU ($25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A , J
UTG raises $1.00, 4 folds, Hero calls $1.00

Flop: ($2.10) 3, 4, 9 (2 players)
Hero bets $1.40, ...

You really have some interesting outs here. Possible options would be a donk bet, a check/call or a check/raise.

If you donk here and your opponent raises, can you continue to play your hand? If you are positive about this and think the line bet/3-bet is profitable, go for it. This will particularly pay off in situations where the opponent folds many hands on the flop - after all, you are playing the hand as a semi-bluff and want to create some fold equity here.

Against straightforward players who like to contibet, but fold to heavy action, a check/raise should be the better choice.

Check/call is very passive and will only be profitable if you don't see your opponent fold any hand.

EXAMPLE 3:

PartyPoker $25 NL Hold'em (6-handed)

Stacks & Stats
MP ($25)
CO ($25)
UTG ($25)
Hero ($25)
SB ($25)
BU ($25)

Preflop: Hero is BB with A , J
UTG raises $1.00, 4 folds, Hero calls $1.00

Flop: ($2.10) 3, 4, 9 (2 players)
Hero bets $1.40, ...

It has become a mere question of value and protection now:

How will your opponent interpret the donk bet? Naturally, you want to play bet/3-bet here, but is your opponent capable of making loose raises, possibly even as a (semi) bluff?

Or will your opponent also contibet a flop like this every time and only give you little credit if you check/raise?

Against passive opponents, you can donk here. They will probably only contibet few hands, but call down a lot. You can also donk bet against very aggressive players, since they could often bluff raise such spots.

Against normal players, a check/raise is definitely possible. That way, you would at least get the contibet, protect your hand as much as possible, and already get a strong hand to go all-in on the flop, a hand that otherwise might only call your donk bet on the flop for reasons of pot control.

 

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Comments (1)

#1 Rakijan, 04 Feb 11 09:27

Very good articles, all 4 of them!