Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Your Hand
$1,400
1st
$2,300
2nd
$4,500
3rd
$2,300
4th
$1,100
Cut-off
$3,600
Button
$150
$2,400
Small blind
$150
$1,800
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$75/$150

Question

You’re playing in the later stages of an online sit-and-go. In this hand it’s folded to the button, who limps. The small blind completes and the action is on you with J T.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

The button limp is very weak and the complete in the small blind could be a number of weak hands. By shoving all-in now you stand to increase your stack by $450 chips. You are very unlikely to get called, but those times you do, you still have a fairly good hand to fall back on.

  • Check (33)
  • Raise (20)
  • Raise all-in (48)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, June 29, 2015

Your Hand
$195,000
Big blind
$45,000
$250,000
Flop
Pot
$60,000
$60,000
Blinds
$5,000/$10,000

Question

You’re playing in an online tournament and find yourself heads-up for the proverbial bracelet. Your opponent is a decent player whom you know to be a successful tournament player. In this hand you raise it to $30,000 in the small blind/button. Your opponent calls and you take a flop heads-up of 8 9 4. Your opponent donk-bets $45,000.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

Your opponent could be making a move here. Even if he isn’t, you have great equity in the pot with your open-ended straight flush draw. There is no way you are ever folding in circumstances like these, so shove it in now.

  • Fold (1)
  • Raise all-in (79)
  • Call (20)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, June 26, 2015

Your Hand
$240
Small blind
$290
Big blind
$320
1st
$75
$170
2nd
$200
Cut-off
$79
Flop
Turn
Pot
$73
$73
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Online $1/$2 game, Player 1 limps. You raise to $8. Everyone folds and Player 1, an ABC TAG who doesn't get out of line, calls. Flop: Q 9 5. Player 1 checks. You bet $12. Player 1 calls. Turn 3 and Player 1 checks again. You bet $28. He check-raises to $75.

What is his most likely holding?



Correct Answer: 55

Your ABC TAG opponent would likely have raised AQ, QQ, or 99. 55 makes perfect sense and is likely what your opponent has. His set is miles ahead of your TPTK. This is an easy fold.

  • QQ (4)
  • 99 (34)
  • 55 (48)
  • JT (10)
  • AQ (5)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Your Hand
$2,400
1st
$2,400
2nd
$5,430
3rd
$2,300
4th
$4,500
5th
$1,000
Cut-off
$1,200
Button
$4,800
Small blind
$2,300
Flop
Pot
$0
Blinds
$150/$300

Question

Late stages of an online sit-and-go. It’s folded around to the button, an aggressive tournament player. She's raised many buttons in a row and raises this hand to $750. The small blind folds. You flat-call and the flop comes 5 9 J.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

You flat-called to trap her; now trap her. Let her continuation-bet at this pot. Any bet she makes commits her to the pot, so check and then call off your stack. You're far ahead of her range - this is a great way to play a monster, as a re-shove pre-flop may get her to fold her dominated hands.

  • Check (65)
  • Bet (35)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, June 22, 2015

Your Hand
$10,000
Button
$14,000
Small blind
$50
$8,000
Big blind
$100
$7,000
1st
$6,500
2nd
$300
$13,000
3rd
$10,000
4th
$12,000
5th
$2,000
$14,000
6th
$9,000
Pot
$0
Blinds
$50/$100

Question

Early stages of a major live tournament. Play has been somewhat tight with no one risking much of his or her stack. In this hand the player under the gun folds and Player 2 raises to $300. It's folded to Player 5, who makes it $2,000 to go. Now it’s folded to you.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Raising makes your hand extremely transparent. If you four-bet here, you turn your hand face up as very few people are going to four-bet anything other than AA, KK in this context. If you just flat-call, you disguise your hand - you could have JJ, QQ, AK - and keep it near the top of your range. This may cause your opponent to continue his aggression on a safe flop for you where he would likely fold pre-flop to your re-reraise.

  • Re-reraise (56)
  • Fold (1)
  • Call (43)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Thursday, June 18, 2015

Your Hand
$460
1st
$600
2nd
$1,200
Cut-off
$140
Button
$560
Small blind
$70
$440
Flop
Turn
Pot
$100
$100
Blinds
$3/$5

Question

Aggressive six-max game online. Folded to the small blind, who raises to $20. The small blind raises a lot before the flop and is generally over-aggro post-flop. You call in the big blind. Flop is K T 8. He bets $30 and you call. Turn 4. The small blind bets $70.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You turned a flush draw to go with your pair. Raising is not a good move. Taking implied odds into account, you are getting the odds to draw to your flush, and you can also hit an eight or an ace. Raising could put you in an ugly spot if he shoves on you. Avoid that altogether - flat-call and play poker on the river.

  • Raise as a semi-bluff (49)
  • Call (47)
  • Fold (4)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Your Hand
$400
Big blind
$500
1st
$300
Cut-off
$650
Button
$260
$440
Flop
Pot
$94
$94
Blinds
$2/$4

Question

Six-max game online is 5-handed now. Play has been very aggressive. The button is a winning reg who plays a LAG style. You’ve 3-bet a few of his openings and he's always folded. In this hand he makes it $9 off the button and you 3-bet to $45. He flats. Flop is 3 4 5. You bet $80. He raises to $260.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

You're playing against an aggressive player whom you have history with. He may finally have decided to play back at you with a wider-than-normal range. His range is combo draws and weaker overpairs, and even stone-cold bluffs. Shove all-in now as you are likely ahead and he will pay off with worse.

  • Call (8)
  • Fold (15)
  • Raise all-in (76)