Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Saturday, July 12, 2014

Your Hand
$240
Cut-off
$235
Button
$155
Small blind
$340
Big blind
$230
1st
$299
2nd
$540
3rd
$255
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$219
$219
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in a live $1/$2 game at your local casino. In this hand there are two limpers to you in the hi-jack. You raise to $12 and they both call. The flop comes J J A. They both check and you bet $30. The first limper calls and the other folds. The turn is the J and the limper checks. You bet $60. He calls and the river comes 4. He checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet all-in

You have quads when your opponent has jacks full of aces, so shove all-in. He's not going to fold. He's going to be so happy to talk himself into chopping that he's just going to call any bet.

  • Bet $100 (32)
  • Bet all-in (64)
  • Check (4)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, July 11, 2014

Your Hand
$280
1st
$155
2nd
$200
Cut-off
$730
Button
$8
$340
Small blind
$88
Flop
Pot
$13
$13
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in a six-max Rush Poker game on Full Tilt Poker. In this hand it's folded around to the button who raises to $6. The small blind folds and you call. The flop comes 8 Q 3. You check and your opponent bets $8.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

This is a good spot for a check-raise, especially when you're playing Rush Poker. This opponent knows nothing about you and generally you can get away with a lot more because they don't know how you play. So check-raise this continuation bet; worst-case scenario you have a gutshot and a backdoor flush draw to fall back on if called.

  • Raise (33)
  • Fold (32)
  • Call (35)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Thursday, July 10, 2014

Your Hand
$278
Small blind
$302
Big blind
$210
1st
$230
2nd
$550
Cut-off
$88
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$158
$158
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online a tight player raises under the gun to $8. You call on the button and a big fish calls in the small blind. The flop comes 9 5 4. UTG bets $18 and you call. The fish folds and the turn comes 3. The regular bets $40 and you call. The river comes 9. UTG checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

Normally this might be a pretty good card to bluff at. The top card paired and in a decent-sized pot your opponent may fold an overpair to a big bet. But, there were two flush draws and a straight draw and everything bricked. There are far too many busted draws in your range to credibly rep the 9 here. Just check behind and give up your money invested.

  • Check (26)
  • Bet $80 (44)
  • Bet $225 (30)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Your Hand
$6,500
Button
$1,200
$5,500
Small blind
$4,400
$0
Pot
$0
Blinds
$300/$600

Question

You're playing three-handed in an online sit-and-go. In this hand the button raises to $1,200 and the small blind shoves for $4,400.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

You have a big ace three-handed with only 10BB. Raise all-in as you're likely ahead of both opponents here.

  • Fold (47)
  • Raise all-in (47)
  • Call (6)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Your Hand
$188
$40
1st
$199
$0
2nd
$250
Cut-off
$243
Button
$188
Small blind
$320
Flop
Pot
$40
$40
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online a player raises from under the gun. Player 1 calls as well as the button. The small blind calls and you call. The flop comes 9 7 T. You lead for $40 and the small blind folds. The original raiser shoves and everyone folds to you.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You have the nut straight on a monotone board. You may be beaten but more than likely you're up against an overpair with a big spade. Make the call and expect to have to dodge some cards.

  • Call (77)
  • Fold (23)

Question of the Day : No Limit Hold'em – Sunday, July 06, 2014

Your Hand
$13,300
Small blind
$6,400
Big blind
$7,450
1st
$8,300
2nd
$14,403
3rd
$3,540
4th
$8,320
5th
$9,320
Cut-off
$9,422
Flop
Pot
$2,250
$2,250
Blinds
$200/$400 $50 ante

Question

You're playing in the mid stages of an online tournament. In this hand it's folded around to you on the button and you raise to $900. The small blind folds and the big blind calls. The flop comes A 8 2 and your opponent checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

This is a great spot to check behind. Chances are your opponent is folding anything that isn't an ace when you bet - meaning you effectively turn your hand into a bluff because he doesn't have a worse ace so no worse hands call. But if you check back he may choose to bluff the turn or refuse to believe you have an ace. So check back and play poker on the turn and river.

  • Bet (61)
  • Check (39)

Question of the Day : – Saturday, July 05, 2014

Your Hand
$146
Button
$150
Small blind
$199
Big blind
$230
1st
$199
2nd
$214
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$101
$101
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online it's folded to you in the cut-off. You raise to $8 and a tight-ish regular calls on the button. The blinds fold and the flop comes T 3 5. You fire $12 and the button calls. The turn comes 4 and you second-barrel $30. Your opponent calls. The river comes 9.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet all-in

If you're going to barrel this river you absolutely need to overbet shove it. If you bet $60 your opponent is going to call with basically his entire turn-calling range. However if you shove your opponent is going to only call with the very, very top of his range. If you look at your opponent's range in this hand it consists of a very high percentage of medium pocket pairs, weak tens, and at very best something like JJ. Of those, very few are going to want to stack off against an overbet on this river. The way the current $1/$2 games are, overbets are almost always the nuts so an overbet bluff can be a great move from time to time.

  • Give up and check (71)
  • Fire $60 (15)
  • Bet all-in (15)

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