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Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, October 24, 2014

Your Hand
$90
$16
1st
$32
$67
2nd
$40
Cut-off
$89
Button
$102
$0
Small blind
$80
Flop
Turn
Pot
$25
$25
Blinds
$0.50/$1

Question

You're playing in a $0.50/$1 cash game online. A solid player makes a standard $3 raise from first position, the button calls and you see the flop with J 9. The flop comes J J 6. You decide on a little reverse psychology and bet out half the pot with your monster. Both opponents call. The turn comes 2. You bet out 2/3 of the pot, UTG min-raises and the button moves all-in.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

This hand is a good example of how important it is to be able to change plans in the middle of a pot. On the flop, you had a virtually unbeatable hand. On the turn, the action killed it. If you call, what do you think your opponents have? Could both of them have something like inferior jacks or high pairs? Could they be bluffing? Those scenarios are highly unlikely. You might have the solid player UTG beat – who could have QQ-AA – but the button must have a better hand than you. Remember, there are no draws out there and at this level, people very rarely make huge bluffs.

  • Fold (42)
  • Call (58)

Question of the Day : – Thursday, October 23, 2014

Your Hand
28,320
Button
$22,302
Small blind
$1,500
$32,230
Big blind
$3,000
$18,320
1st
$8,520
2nd
$21,230
3rd
$17,230
Pot
$2,100
$2,100
Blinds
1.5k/3k 300 ante

Question

You're playing in the later stages of a live MTT. You're about 15 players from the money and the blinds are $1,500/$3,000 with a $300 ante. It's folded to you in the cut-off.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

You have to shove this. You have about 10bb, so every time you steal the blinds it adds almost 22% to your stack. Raise all-in and hope to win the blinds.

  • Raise all-in (49)
  • Fold (12)
  • Call (5)
  • Raise 2.5x (33)

Question of the Day : – Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Your Hand
$210
Small blind
$210
Big blind
$320
1st
$210
2nd
$220
Cut-off
$254
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online a regular raises to $6 in the cut-off and you three-bet to $18. A fish in the big blind cold-calls and the regular calls as well. The flop comes 3 5 8. Both opponents check. You bet $40. The fish calls and the regular folds. The turn comes A. The fish leads for $80 and you call. The river comes 4. He moves all-in for $60 and you call. He shows A 2.

What was the biggest mistake you made in this hand?



Correct Answer: The three-bet pre-flop

The pre-flop three-bet is by far the worst mistake in the hand. A pocket pair plays very well multi-way so don't three-bet it pre-flop and shut the fish out. Call and hope the fish comes along so you can stack him when you flop a set. Though he cold-called in this example, you can't often expect him to cold-call three-bets. Call with your good multi-way hands and encourage him to call behind.

  • The three-bet pre-flop (23)
  • The turn smooth-call (68)
  • The river call (10)

Question of the Day : – Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your Hand
$310
1st
$77
2nd
$340
Cut-off
$44
Button
$210
Small blind
$180
Flop
Turn
Pot
$98
$98
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

It's folded around to the small blind and he raises to $6. You three-bet to $19 as a bluff and your opponent calls. The flop comes K T 7. He checks and you c-bet $30. He calls and the turn is the A. He checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

Fire a second barrel. An ace is always a great card to fire a second barrel. If your opponent called with any pair he now has to worry about another overcard. Plus, if you’re called, you do have a double-gutter.

  • Check (32)
  • Bet (68)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, October 20, 2014

Your Hand
$180
$38
1st
$115
2nd
$225
6th
$320
Button
$70
Small blind
$199
$0
Flop
Pot
$12
$12
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online it's folded to the aggressive regular in the small blind. The two of you have a good deal of history and he knows that you play well/aggressive. He raises to $6 and you call. The flop comes J 8 5 and he bets $11. You raise to $38 and he shoves.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

When you're in blind vs. blind situations, the more aggressive player wins. If you were in this very spot you would play a draw the very same way by raising on the flop. Thus when he re-raises over top you have to call because you're near the top of your flop-raising range and it's entirely possible he's trying to value-town draws. Make the call and expect to be good.

  • Fold (33)
  • Call (67)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Your Hand
$420
Small blind
$230
Big blind
$540
1st
$80
2nd
$115
Cut-off
$600
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$225
$225
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online it's folded to a regular in the cut-off who raises to $8, You call on the button and a very fishy player calls in the small blind. The flop comes Q 8 9. The fish checks and the original raiser bets $20. You call and the fish calls. The turn comes 2. The fish checks again and the regular bets $70. You call and the fish folds. The river comes T and the regular checks.

Should you bet for value?



Correct Answer: No

Because you still have so much money left behind you should check this through. Though it's unlikely that your opponent has a ten, getting check-raised in this spot would be horrible. Just check this through and hope your hand is good.

  • Yes (50)
  • No (50)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Your Hand
$320
Small blind
$230
Big blind
$320
1st
$12
$245
2nd
$540
Cut-off
$214
Flop
Pot
$19
$19
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online a tight-and-very-ABC player raises to $8 UTG. You call on the button and the blinds fold. The flop comes 8 7 5. UTG c-bets $12.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

An ABC opponent is going to have a very difficult time playing this board out of position vs. a raise. Make it $35 with your gutshot and backdoor flush draw and expect to have to fire the turn as well. A tight ABC opponent just isn't going to want to put his stack on the line on this flop.

  • Fold (26)
  • Call (41)
  • Raise (33)

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