Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Thursday, July 30, 2015

Your Hand
$250
Small blind
$300
Big blind
$200
1st
$500
2nd
$180
Cut-off
$199
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$73
$73
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Aggressive online six-max game. Folded to you on the button you raise to $7. The tight-aggressive player in the big blind protects. Heads-up flop of 9 6 3. Your opponent checks; you bet $10. He flat-calls. Turn 3. He quickly checks. You fire $19. He calls and then instantly checks 4 river.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet $55

Checking would be the safest route but that would be like leaving money on the table. Your opponent's hand looks a lot like 77-88 or a T-9o type of hand. Your range, however, looks fairly bluffy. You could be three-barreling any one of the missed draws as well as the occasional overcards. This is an excellent spot for a thin value bet.

  • Bet $55 (40)
  • Check through (60)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Your Hand
$550
Button
$180
$400
Small blind
$600
Big blind
$900
1st
$250
2nd
$800
Flop
Turn
Pot
$225
$225
Blinds
$3/$6

Question

Online six-max game, folded to you in the cut-off. You make it $18; the button calls. The button is a regular who plays on the aggressive side. He plays well and is surely a winner in this game. Flop is A 9 J. You bet $30; button raises to $90. You flat-call. Turn Q. You check. He bets $180.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

The queen is an ugly card for you. You are almost surely beat. A good opponent is not pushing this hard with a range that you beat. He likely flopped or turned two pair at minimum. Fold and get out of his way.

  • Fold (49)
  • Ship it in (19)
  • Call; reevaluate river (32)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, July 27, 2015

Your Hand
$200
Small blind
$140
Big blind
$320
1st
$240
2nd
$500
Cut-off
$380
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$103
$103
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Fairly normal 6-max game online it’s folded to you on button. You raise to $8. Small blind folds; big blind calls. He's a solid TAG who plays well pre-flop but poor post-flop. Flop: Q T 7. He checks; you bet $13. He calls and quickly checks 2 turn. You bet $30; he calls. River 2. He checks.

Should you bet?



Correct Answer: Yes, for value

This board is a good one for you. You have TPTK on what was a fairly drawy board. Since many TAGs bet draws on multiple streets, the river bet may appear to your opponent as a missed draw trying to pick up the pot. If you bet around half the pot you’ll be called by almost all queens as well as possibly getting the hero call with a pair and a missed draw.

  • Yes, for value (81)
  • No (15)
  • Yes, as a bluff (4)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Thursday, July 23, 2015

Your Hand
$490
2nd
$590
3rd
$3,400
4th
$204
5th
$500
6th
$65
$700
Cut-off
$370
Button
$65
$400
Small blind
$800
Big blind
$600
Flop
Turn
Pot
$27
$27
Blinds
$2/$5

Question

Live $2/$5 game at your local casino. Game has been loose passive/aggressive. You limp A T under the gun. Players 4, 6 and the button limp behind; everyone else folds. Flop is A 9 J. You and everyone else check. Turn K. You bet $20. Player 4 folds. Player 6 makes it $65. Button tanks and eventually calls.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

Though the flop was checked through and you have top pair, good kicker, it’s likely no good. Your opponents may have hit two pair on the turn, or they could have been slow-playing a big hand. Either way after a raise and a cold call it is unlikely that your hand is much of a favorite. Get out of the way now.

  • Call (31)
  • Fold (52)
  • Reraise (17)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Your Hand
$800
Big blind
$2,000
1st
$190
2nd
$230
3rd
$900
4th
$1,320
5th
$1,200
6th
$2,300
Cut-off
$100
Button
$800
Flop
Pot
$109
$109
Blinds
$3/$6

Question

$3/$6 game at local casino. It’s Friday night and play is crazy at times. Folded to cut-off who limps. Button limps too. Cut-off may be drunk but is definitely awful at poker. It's his third buy-in of the hour; he's now short-stacked. You raise to $50 to isolate. Big Blind folds; cut-off calls with $100 behind. Button folds. Flop is K 8 7.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check-call

Although betting all-in comes a close second, I believe checking the flop will allow your terrible opponent to bet his entire range. With only $100 behind and the pot already over $100, your opponent is likely to make a desperation move at the flop with almost any hand. Some of these hands he may fold to your original bet. Do not allow the king to scare you – even though he may have one, the pot is too big compared to his stack for him to ever fold. So check that flop and snap-call his shove.

  • Bet all-in (51)
  • Check-call (46)
  • Check-fold (3)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, July 20, 2015

Your Hand
$180
Button
$30
$190
Small blind
$200
Big blind
$340
1st
$100
2nd
$200
Flop
Pot
$19
$19
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your online six-max game it’s folded to you in the cut-off. You raise to $8. The button calls and the blinds fold. Flop is K K 3. You continuation bet $13. The button raises to $30. Your read on the button is that he is a competent player although on the aggressive side.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

This board is very dry. If he has a king, why is he raising it? There are no draws; all raising would do is fold out worse hands. His most likely holding is pocket eights or nines. Call and see what happens on the turn.

  • Fold (19)
  • Call (49)
  • Raise (32)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, July 17, 2015

Your Hand
$200
Small blind
$100
Big blind
$180
1st
$10
$230
2nd
$300
3rd
$175
4th
$200
5th
$10
$180
6th
$90
Cut-off
$10
$175
Flop
Pot
$14
$14
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

Your $1/$2 game at your local casino has a mix of average to terrible players. Players 1, 3, 5 and cut-off limp. You limp the button. The blinds complete. Seven-handed to a 2 A 5 flop. Blinds check and Player 1 bets $10. Player 5 and the cut-off call.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise to $30

You flopped the nuts in a multiway pot. Raising to $30 builds the pot while simultaneously keeping the players who want to play in. $30 will not scare anyone off. Build the pot now and try to get it in on the turn.

  • Raise to $30 (41)
  • Raise to $60 (16)
  • Fold (0)
  • Flat-call (43)