Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Your Hand
$5,000
2nd
$5,000
3rd
$5,000
4th
$5,000
5th
$5,000
6th
$5,000
Cut-off
$5,000
Button
$5,000
Small blind
$5,000
Big blind
$5,000
Flop
Pot
$525
$525
Blinds
$25/$50

Question

First hand of a live No-Limit Hold'em tournament at your local casino. You raise to $150 and get calls from Players 3, 5 and 7. Everyone else folds. The flop comes down 4 T 9.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

You’re out of position against two callers on the first hand of the event and you have no pair, no draw. This is no time to continuation bet into two players. Just check. If you can’t resist betting, a small bet is better than a large one.

  • Continuation bet $300 (17)
  • Continuation bet $450 (11)
  • Check (72)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, November 28, 2016

Your Hand
$450
Cut-off
$50
Button
$230
Small blind
$550
Big blind
$440
$0
1st
$190
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$317
$317
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

6-max game online. You raise from early position to $8. Everyone folds to big blind who comes along. BB plays a regular TAGish game and is not terrible. Flop T 7 5. BB checks, you bet $14, he check-raises to $50. You flat-call. Turn 2. He fires $100; you again just flat-call. River 3. He shoves.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

Unless your opponent is Tom Dwan, he probably can't fire three barrels totaling 600BB with anything that one pair can beat. You unfortunately missed your draw, and your opponent is looking to get paid with his monster. Fold now, and save yourself the rest of your stack.

  • Fold (79)
  • Call (21)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, November 21, 2016

Your Hand
$200
Big blind
$350
1st
$550
2nd
$140
Cut-off
$7
$195
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max $1/$2 game online, it’s folded around to the cut-off, who raises to $7. The button folds. Your read on the cut-off is that he plays a solid game. He is a winner in this game, and you two have played quite a bit together before.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

Pocket pairs are drawing hands. They only flop a set one-eighth of the time. The rest of the time you are going to be playing a (likely) underpair out of position against a tough opponent. It is very difficult to play small pocket pairs to a raise against a good player. Even when you flop your set, you are rarely going to win a stack. So just fold it now.

  • Fold (33)
  • Call (67)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, November 14, 2016

Your Hand
$200
Big blind
$2
$400
1st
$600
2nd
$350
Cut-off
$7
$195
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You are playing in an online six-max game. Your style is tight-aggressive. You like to flat-call in position more than you like to three-bet with hands like A-Q, A-J, T-9s, K-Qs, pocket pairs, etc. In this hand it’s folded to the cut-off, who makes it $7. You have played many hands with this opponent, and he is a thinking player.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise 90% of the time/flat-call 10% of the time

If you are calling with marginal to good hands regularly - for example, A-J, K-Q, etc. - occasionally you will have to call with a monster - KK, AA - to balance your range. If your opponent knows that when you call in position you can only have an average hand and not a great one, you become predictable. Occasionally flatting in position with a monster will let him know that when you are flat-calling late you can have ANYTHING.

  • Call 50% of the time/raise 50% of the time (38)
  • Raise 90% of the time/flat-call 10% of the time (34)
  • Raise 100% of the time (18)
  • Call 100% of the time (10)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, November 07, 2016

Your Hand
$195
Button
$180
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$340
1st
$600
2nd
$110
Flop
Turn
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Aggressive online 6-max game. Folded to you in cut-off; you make it $8 to go. Button calls, blinds fold. Read on button is he's a competent regular. He calls in position more than he three-bets and loves to float. You've played a few hands where you c-bet, he flats and then bets out on turn. Flop A 6 9. You bet $14; he calls. Turn 4.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check-raise

He has a tendency to float you on a dry board. Exploit that. Check to him and then come over the top with a raise. Your hand is far ahead of his range.

  • Bet to let him know you have a real hand this time (18)
  • Check-call (31)
  • Check-fold (1)
  • Check-raise (50)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, October 31, 2016

Your Hand
$400
Button
$299
Small blind
$670
Big blind
$300
$0
1st
$500
2nd
$200
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$101
$101
Blinds
$2/$4

Question

Online 6-max game. It’s folded to you in the cut-off. You make it $12. Big blind 3-bets to $38. Your read on BB is he's very nitty and straightforward. You smooth-call. Flop 4 4 8. He checks; you check through. Turn T. He bets $70. You smooth-call again. River 2. He overbets all-in.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

This player is very tight. He is never doing this as a bluff. He likely has AA or KK and whiffed the check-raise on the flop. On the turn he bets for value and on the river he’s trying to win your stack. There is nothing that you beat here. Fold and move on to the next hand.

  • Call (31)
  • Fold (69)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Your Hand
$1,220
1st
$500
2nd
$800
3rd
$720
4th
$800
5th
$340
6th
$550
$500
Cut-off
$780
Button
$600
Small blind
$340
Flop
Pot
$270
$270
Blinds
$2/$5

Question

Live $2/$5 game at your local casino. Your image is of an aggressive but good online player. Folded to Player 6 who raises to $30. SB calls; you reraise to $120. P6 calls; SB folds. Read on P6 is extremely aggressive + capable of moves but not reckless. Flop 6 6 9. You bet $180. He tanks before making it $550.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

With your image and your read on this player, you have to get it all-in here. Although it is possible that he has a six or pocket nines here, that’s a small part of his range. He could be doing this with anything from a draw to a smaller overpair. With all the money in the pot you have no choice but to raise all-in.

  • Fold (7)
  • Call (16)
  • Raise all-in (77)

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