Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, November 28, 2014

Your Hand
$200
Cut-off
$400
Button
$200
Small blind
$180
Big blind
$10
$170
1st
$200
Flop
Pot
$17
$17
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in an aggressive six-max game online. It's folded to you in middle position with 5 7 and you raise to $8. Everyone folds to the big blind, who calls. The flop comes K 4 8. The BB is your average $1/$2 non-regular. Not terrible, but definitely not good. He donk-bets $10 into you on the flop.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

This is a weak lead by your opponent. Often these bets are made by players with a small pair attempting to see where they are at. Raising will take down the pot immediately a high percentage of the time. Those times it doesn't, you do have your straight draw to fall back on - it is a strong semi-bluff.

  • Raise (45)
  • Fold (27)
  • Call (28)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Thursday, November 27, 2014

Your Hand
$40,000
Big blind
$14,000
1st
$7,000
$30,000
Cut-off
$12,000
Button
$55,000
$0
Pot
$0
Blinds
$1k/$2k

Question

Down to five-handed at the final table of a 20-table online sit-and-go. In this hand the under-the-gun player makes it 7k to go. The cut-off folds, and the button shoves all-in for 55k.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

Unless you have a read saying that the button resteals very light, it’s best to fold this hand. At best, you’re likely a coin flip, and the button is still to act behind you, as is the original raiser. The last thing you want to do is have the original raiser call behind you, compelling you to race three-handed. Fold now and look to steal when you have some fold equity.

  • Fold (81)
  • Call (19)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Thursday, November 27, 2014

Your Hand
$200
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$200
1st
$200
2nd
$200
3rd
$200
Flop
Pot
$28
$28
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a tight-aggressive six-max game online. Under the gun limps and you raise on the button to $9. The small blind folds, the big blind calls and the limper calls. The flop comes 9 T 6. Both of your opponents check.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

This board is fairly wet. There are quite a few draws out there as well as some made hands. With two players you have very little chance of picking this up with a c-bet. When boards hit your opponents’ calling range hard you should be more inclined to check through rather than c-bet. So check through here and hope to improve on the turn.

  • Continuation bet (83)
  • Check (17)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Your Hand
$250
Small blind
$270
Big blind
$400
1st
$20
$345
2nd
$190
Cut-off
$800
Flop
Pot
$36
$36
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’ve sat down at your computer and are playing in a six-max $1/$2 No-Limit game online. The under-the-gun player is a megafish. He plays around 70/15/1. In this hand he raises to $8 and everyone folds to you on the button. You elect to smooth-call and the blinds fold. The flop comes down 8 Q 6. Your opponent bets $20.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Yes, you have a combo draw and yes, it’s usually correct to fast-play this type of hand. However, against this type of player I’d argue that flat-calling is best. For one, you have absolutely no fold equity. You should just call now and hope your draw hits, and punish him then.

  • Raise (40)
  • Fold (2)
  • Call (58)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Your Hand
$197
Big blind
$200
1st
$500
2nd
$280
Cut-off
$120
$600
Button
$450
Flop
Pot
$197
$197
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in an aggressive online six-max game. The table has been playing fairly tough with many hands three-bet or four-bet. In this hand it’s folded to the cut-off, who makes it $9. The button folds and you make it $20 to go from the small blind. The cut-off smooth-calls and the flop comes A 5 6. You bet $35 and your opponent makes it $120.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

In an aggressive game like this your opponent could have any decent ace. He could also have an open-ender or a flush draw. If you call, the money is going in anyway, so your time of decision is here. Raise all-in now and hope your hand holds up.

  • Raise all-in (85)
  • Fold (4)
  • Call (11)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, November 24, 2014

Your Hand
$2,000
$800
Small blind
$350
$2,200
Big blind
$5,600
1st
$1,200
2nd
$3,500
3rd
$2,200
Flop
Pot
$3,260
$3,260
Blinds
$10/$20

Question

You’re playing online at your favorite poker site. The game is playing like you'd expect a $2,000 NL six-max game to play - aggressively. It’s filled with regs and maybe one mark. In this hand you raise to $60 from the button. The small blind three-bets to $220. You slow-play and smooth-call the three-bet. The flop comes 9 7 T. Your opponent bets $350. You raise to $800 and he shoves.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You’re probably wishing you didn't slow-play now because that flop is pretty wet. However, you are still way ahead of his range as there are a number of pair + draws, combo draws and naked draws that you beat. Get it in here and pray for bricks.

  • Call (71)
  • Fold (29)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Saturday, November 22, 2014

Your Hand
$200
$24
Big blind
$400
1st
$250
2nd
$550
Cut-off
$280
Button
$8
$450
Flop
Pot
$48
$48
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in an aggressive six-max game online. In this hand it's folded to the button, who raises to $8. The button is your average TAG/LAG. He's a fairly good player and you haven’t ever seen him get out of line. You three-bet to $24 out of the small blind. The button calls and the flop comes down A 7 Q.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check/call

Before you bet, ask yourself if you’re betting for value or as a bluff. With an ace on the board you are certainly not betting for value. Thus you must be betting hoping that he’ll fold if you bet. Because this is a three-bet pot, you have to treat this situation gingerly. You are not going to get any action out of the hands that you beat by betting. If you look at your opponent's range, only a small percentage contains aces. If you check, your opponent may check behind, or he may bet. There is a chance that he could bet his entire range when checked to, so a call on the flop is fine. This opponent is not going to follow up with a turn bet unless he has you beat, so play accordingly.

  • Bet (56)
  • Check/call (27)
  • Check/fold (17)

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