Question of the Day Archive

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 (22)
  • 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)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, October 17, 2014

Your Hand
$210
Raise
Cut-off
$250
Button
$13
$194
Small blind
$80
Big blind
$40
$180
1st
$300
Flop
Pot
$22
$22
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online you raise to $7 in middle position and a player calls on the button. The big blind also calls. The flop comes 3 4 6. You c-bet $13 and the button calls. The big blind raises to $40.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Just call this small raise. You have an open-ender, a backdoor flush draw and an overcard. Make the call and see the turn.

  • Fold (36)
  • Call (50)
  • Raise (14)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Your Hand
$2,305
1st
$3,420
2nd
$1,340
3rd
$1,750
4th
$6,420
5th
$1,000
Cut-off
$1,230
Button
$5,420
Small blind
$540
Flop
Pot
$550
$550
Blinds
$50/$100

Question

You’re playing in an online tournament. In this hand a player raises to $250 from middle position and you’re the only one to call. The flop comes Q K J.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check/Raise

You have top two pair with just over 20bb. Check, and when your opponent bets, move all-in. This player is going to have to call with basically any pair plus draw.

  • Lead (37)
  • Check/Call (14)
  • Check/Raise (49)

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