Micro Surgery - Part 4 - Introduction to 3-betting

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  • $0.50/$1
  • Shorthanded
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In this episode of Micro Surgery, Boomer explains pre-flop play in depth for the superior understanding of 3-betting and to give us a solid foundation to develop from.


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  • EuanM


    Enjoy the video and please keep the comments in English!
  • kapajunior


    Great video as always. Thank you.
  • redmeat


    Another wonderful and insightful video.
    Thanks Boomer!
  • givduljoh


    Your videos are the best! I really like when you are discussing ranges the way that you do. Thanks!
  • HamburgmeinePerle


    absolutely great video, very very nice job. I like that you always compare the ORC of PS.com and your own tendencies.

    Really well, I really learned very much from you with your preflopvids (especially together with the logic knot vids).
  • eugenwizard


    thanks Boomer, your videos are really helpfull :)
  • thebatsman


    you give so much too think about thank you
  • DoigteurFou


    11mn: you say that 3betting from the SB is less expensive. However since you hand is part of a value range, you will never fold it, so you need to compare call and a 3bet. It turns out that the 3bet is 1SB more than a call, whether you're on the BU or SB, so actually 3betting costs the same. The price to see the flop does change. Your equity advantage has to be the same since in each case you add 1SB more in the pot.

    I just don't agree with your argument here, although I may have missed something?
  • Boomer2k10



    Cold Calling is usually a very poor option in LHE unless you have a very specific reason to do it (i.e. The Big Blind is an enormous fish who won't fold anything getting 5-1 and thus you gain added value from him being in the pot). The reasoning behind this being that the benefits of 3-betting vastly outweigh the relative cost of the extra bet.

    So if we're facing a CO open HU we are going to 3-bet with all the hands we play whether on the Button or in the Small Blind so therefore it costs us 3SB to 3-bet on the Button and 2.5SB to 3-bet in the SB.

    In the same way you get a discount on your raise if it's folded to you in the SB since you're getting 1 in 2 on your raise rather than the standard 4 in 7. It may costs us one more bet than calling in both situations but we still get a discount on playing the hand.

    So yes Raising will always "cost" one more bet than calling but comparing like play for like play lines from the Blinds are discounted.
  • deralte71


    nice video. I like the examples at the end of the video