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Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Your Hand
$250
Small blind
$300
Big blind
$500
1st
$300
$300
2nd
$150
Cut-off
$240
Flop
Pot
$116
$116
Blinds
$2/$4

Question

Online 6-max game. Under-the-gun player raises to $12. Your read is he plays far too many hands pre-flop and is aggressive after the flop. You re-raise on the button to $55. He flat-calls. Everyone else folds. Heads-up to K T 3 flop. He checks; you c-bet $110. He check-raises to $300.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call flop/call turn

This is the best way to play this hand. If your opponent is bluffing, flat-call now and let him bluff the rest of his chips off on the turn. If he does have a hand, well, you’re getting it all-in anyway, so you may as well wait for the turn. All raising the flop does is fold out potentially worse hands. So flat-call this flop and get him to shove the turn.

  • Call flop/call turn (18)
  • Fold (2)
  • Call flop/fold turn if you don't improve (4)
  • Raise all-in (75)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, May 16, 2016

Your Hand
$180
1st
$400
2nd
$180
Cut-off
$120
Button
$250
Small blind
$200
Flop
Turn
Pot
$137
$137
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a tough $1/$2 game online. In this hand a good player raises to $8 on the button and you three-bet to $28. He calls and the flop comes A 7 T. You bet $40 and he calls. The turn comes 2.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check-raise

You have pretty much the nuts in a three-bet pot with top pair, top kicker. If you bet you have a very awkward stack size, with $137 in the pot and $180 in your stack. So you bet leaving yourself no money behind, or you check expecting your opponent to bet with whatever he called the flop with. Then you can easily get the rest of your money into the pot.

  • Check-raise (33)
  • Check-fold (8)
  • Bet $100 (40)
  • Bet all-in (19)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, May 09, 2016

Your Hand
$190
1st
$300
2nd
$250
Cut-off
$190
Button
$198
Small blind
$200
Flop
Pot
$17
$17
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in a six-max game online. It is folded around to the button, who makes it $8. You flat-call and the flop comes 7 T T.

What's the best way to play this hand for value?



Correct Answer: Bet

You flopped the nuts. Bet out - if your opponent has any sort of hand, he's not going to put you on the joint and he will likely raise you. If he does raise you then you can be sure he has some sort of hand and likely not just ace-high. At that point you can decide whether you want to raise again now or wait until the turn. Either way, betting out maximizes the value in this hand.

  • Check-call flop (49)
  • Check-raise flop (20)
  • Bet (31)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Your Hand
$14,000
1st
$900
$10,000
2nd
$23,000
3rd
$8,000
4th
$4,500
$9,000
5th
$10,000
6th
$1,000
Cut-off
$6,000
Button
$12,000
Small blind
$14,000
Pot
$0
Blinds
$200/$400

Question

Middle stages of a live tournament. The player under the gun raises to $900. It's folded around to Player 4, who you know plays very tight. He raises to $4,500. Folded around to you.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

A tight live player will never ever reraise an under-the-gun raise with anything that you are better than coin flip against. Chances are he has aces or kings, both of which are worst-case scenarios for you. Fold; wait for a better spot.

  • Raise all-in (27)
  • Call (16)
  • Fold (57)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Your Hand
$140
Button
$170
Small blind
$45
Big blind
$200
1st
$300
2nd
$600
3rd
$800
4th
$100
5th
$230
6th
$102
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$121
$121
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

$1/$2 game at your local. Folded to you in cut-off you raise to $10. Button calls; blinds fold. Read on the button is he's a fairly average TAG. Not great, but probably a marginal winner in this game. Flop A 8 T. You bet $14; he calls. Turn 3. You bet $35; he calls. River 3.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

You have TPTK. Your hand is likely good against your opponent's range. He may pay off with a worse ace and, given his action, he doesn't have too many hands that beat you. Bet this for value and fold if raised.

  • Bet (73)
  • Check/call (24)
  • Check/fold (3)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, April 18, 2016

Your Hand
$200
1st
$540
2nd
$350
3rd
$290
4th
$130
5th
$260
6th
$190
Cut-off
$450
Button
$200
Small blind
$240
Flop
Turn
Pot
$106
$106
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

$1/$2 game at your local casino. Player 3 raises to $5. Players 5, 6, the cut-off and button all call. Small blind folds; you call in big blind. Flop K T 8. You check.Player 3 bets $20; Player 5 calls and everyone else folds. You call. A comes on the turn.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet out

A good amount would be $65. You have a big hand that you would like to get value from. Check-raising screams too much strength. Lead out on the ace and hopefully someone else made two pair and will raise.

  • Check-raise (54)
  • Check-fold (2)
  • Bet out (44)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, April 11, 2016

Your Hand
$55
1st
$500
2nd
$700
Cut-off
$240
Button
$16
$600
Small blind
$240
Pot
$0
$0
Blinds
$2/$4

Question

You are short-stacking a $2/$4 game online. In this hand it's folded to the button, who raises to $16. The small blind folds.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

Your hand is way ahead of the button's range. Calling is bad because you will miss most flops, forcing you to fold your hand after investing almost 30% of your stack. Raise all-in and your opponent will likely frustratingly look you up with a lot of hands, many of which you will have completely dominated.

  • Fold (1)
  • Raise all-in (89)
  • Call (10)