Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Your Hand
$430
1st
$200
2nd
$110
Cut-off
$370
Button
$500
Small blind
$350
Flop
Turn
Pot
$147
$147
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online it’s folded to the button who raises to $8. You three-bet to $28 and he calls. The flop comes J A 4. You bet $45 and he calls. The turn comes 2.

How much (if any) should you bet?



Correct Answer: $100

If you bet $50, the pot is not big enough to bet all of your chips. Betting $100 puts the pot to $347 with his call, and you will only have $330 left to bet on the river, slightly less than pot. Thus the $100 raise sets up your river shove the best.

  • Check (13)
  • $50 (7)
  • $100 (60)
  • $150 (20)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Sunday, July 16, 2017

Your Hand
320,000
3rd
$130,000
4th
$165,740
Cut-off
$210,000
Button
$200,000
Small blind
$130,000
Big blind
$50,000
$480,000
1st
$55,000
Flop
Turn
Pot
92,000
92,000
Blinds
6k/12k

Question

Late stages of an online MTT. Blinds are 6k/12k with 2k ante. You raise to 35k from early position. A tough player in the big blind calls. Flop: K 8 J. BB checks; you decide to check behind. Turn: 2. BB bets 50k.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

The king is not a great card but there really aren't too many kings in BB's range. BB would have three-bet A-K and mucked K-J or worse. That leaves K-Q, which is extremely discounted because we have two queens in our hand. Thus BB could be betting a hand like T T or A J or even a complete bluff. Make the call and see what happens on the river.

  • Call (61)
  • Fold (14)
  • Raise (25)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Your Hand
$1,770
Big blind
$3,200
1st
$5,000
2nd
$800
Cut-off
$6,200
Button
$2,890
Flop
Pot
$900
$900
Blinds
$75/$150

Question

You are playing in the mid stages of an online sit-and-go. In this hand it’s folded to you in the small blind and you raise to $450. The big blind calls and the flop comes 4 K T.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

Because your stack is so small, you don’t have to worry about building a pot to get your stack in. With just over one pot-sized bet it will be easy to get your stack in on any street. A lot of times in situations like this, if you check your opponent will just put you all-in.

  • Check (41)
  • Bet (59)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, July 10, 2017

Your Hand
$550
Small blind
$230
Big blind
$300
$340
1st
$680
2nd
$1,400
3rd
$540
4th
$800
Cut-off
$720
Flop
Turn
Pot
$225
$225
Blinds
$3/$6

Question

Live $3/$6 NL game at your local casino. Game has been aggressive w/ one player really splashing around, playing almost every hand. He's not afraid to bluff. He's in the big blind this hand. Players 3 and 5 limp to you. You make it $40 to go on the button. BB calls; limpers fold. Flop J 5 5. He checks; you bet $65. He flats. Turn 2. He checks. You bet $120. He check-raises to $300.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call/call

His most likely hand here is a bluff. Raising the turn does nothing but fold his bluffs out. If you flat-call the turn and let him shove the river, you can maximize the amount of money you can make.

  • Call/call (34)
  • Raise all-in (58)
  • Fold (6)
  • Call/fold river (2)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Your Hand
$200
Small blind
$180
Big blind
$350
1st
$200
2nd
$450
Cut-off
$180
Flop
Pot
$36
$36
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in an online six-max game. Player 1 limps and you raise to $9 on the button. Both blinds and the limper call. The flop comes 9 4 7. Everybody checks to you.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

There are far too many opponents in this hand to continuation bet. The board has missed you completely, and you’re likely to be called in at least one spot. Just check through and take the free card.

  • Continuation bet (44)
  • Check (56)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Your Hand
$280
Big blind
$280
1st
$350
2nd
$40
$100
3rd
$340
4th
$354
5th
$800
6th
$200
Cut-off
$500
Button
$200
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$32
$32
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

$1/$2 game at your local casino. Player 2 limps and it’s folded to you. You make it $15; only the limper calls. You know P2 is a good player. You've played together before and he knows you're competent. Flop 3 2 Q. You check. Player 2 checks behind. Turn A. You both check again. River A. You check. He bets $40.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

While raising seems like it should be the best play, the truth is that any decent opponent is never going to pay you off with worse. When your opponent chooses to bet the river his range is fairly polarized. Either he was slow-playing a monster or he has a bluff. If he has a bluff, he isn't paying you off on your raise anyway, and if he has a monster you are only building a pot for his hand. The best play here would be to check and call his river bet.

  • Call (33)
  • Raise (64)
  • Fold (3)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Your Hand
$200
Big blind
$180
1st
$8
$320
2nd
$200
Cut-off
$172
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in a six-max game online. In this hand a tight-aggressive opponent raises from UTG to $8. It's folded to you.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

There is no reason to three-bet this hand. Your opponent raises under the gun, so you should give his hand respect. You do, however, have a great suited connector in position. All you can do is call in this spot.

  • Fold (29)
  • Raise (8)
  • Call (64)
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