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Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, January 26, 2015

Your Hand
$1,800
Button
$9,000
Small blind
$2,000
Big blind
$600
$2,300
1st
$800
2nd
$1,200
3rd
$2,000
4th
$204
5th
$2,000
6th
$1,200
Flop
Pot
$1,300
$1,300
Blinds
$50/$100

Question

You're playing in the later stages of an online sit-and-go. It’s folded to you in the cut-off and you raise to $350. The button and small blind fold and the big blind calls. The flop comes down J 3 9. The big blind donk-bets $600.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

You have a flush draw as well as two overcards. The pot is already big. Shove all-in now. If he folds, great. If he calls, you have between nine and 15 outs. You have great equity in this pot. Get all-in now and hope for the best.

  • Raise all-in (85)
  • Fold (2)
  • Call (13)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, January 26, 2015

Your Hand
$210
Cut-off
$500
Button
$180
Small blind
$210
Big blind
$340
1st
$240
Flop
Turn
Pot
$39
$39
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In a six-max game online, it’s folded to you in middle position and you raise to $7. It's then folded to the big blind, who makes the call. The big blind is your average TAG, not good and not bad. The flop comes T 6 J. Your opponent checks and you c-bet $12. He flats and the turn comes A. He checks again.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet

This flop misses your hand but hits your perceived range. It’s a perfect spot for a second barrel. Your opponent likely called with a hand like T-9 or some kind of weak one-pair hand. He’ll likely fold to the second barrel. Too many TAGs just fire one barrel and are done with the hand. Don't let this be you. Look for good opportunities to double-barrel.

  • Check behind (36)
  • Bet (64)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, January 23, 2015

Your Hand
$675
1st
$310
2nd
$530
3rd
$800
4th
$15
$765
5th
$475
6th
$700
Cut-off
$575
Button
$15
$200
Small blind
$15
$340
Pot
$50
$50
Blinds
$2/$5

Question

You’ve been playing at your local casino for the past few hours. The table is lamentably tight; you’re currently awaiting a table change. In this hand a player from middle position raises to $15 and both the button and the small blind call.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

Obviously folding is not a bad play. However, you can do something a little different. With a raise and two callers there is already a good pot brewing. The players have been playing fairly tight and there is a good chance that a squeeze play will work in this spot. Three-bet here to $55ish and hope to take the pot down. The original raiser will have to worry about the two cold-callers behind him and the cold-callers, who have shown no aggression in this pot, will be forced to fold their weak pocket pairs and/or decent aces to the three-bet.

  • Fold (54)
  • Raise (22)
  • Call (24)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Your Hand
$795
2nd
$600
3rd
$200
4th
$500
$1,000
5th
$1,100
6th
$120
Cut-off
$800
Button
$0
Small blind
$840
Big blind
$350
Flop
Turn
Pot
$620
$620
Blinds
$2/$5

Question

In your live $2/$5 game, you raise to $30 under the gun with K K. Player 2 makes the call as do Players 4 and 6. Everyone else folds. Flop is 8 2 2. You c-bet $80. It’s folded to Player 4 who makes it $250. You call and see a 6 turn. You check and he bets $500.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

Your hand stacks up very well against your opponent’s range. He is very unlikely to have raised the flop to $250 with eights full, which is really the only hand you are scared of. A2, though possible, makes up a small part of his range. Thus your opponent likely holds a smaller overpair that you are about to take to value town.

  • Call (8)
  • Raise all-in (64)
  • Fold (28)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Your Hand
$800
Big blind
$600
$0
1st
$3,400
2nd
$2,000
Cut-off
$7,300
Flop
Pot
$800
$800
Blinds
$200/$400

Question

You’re playing in the late stages of an online sit-and-go. There are six players left. It's folded to the weak small blind, who limps. The flop comes K 4 9. The small blind checks and you bet $600 with $800 behind. He shoves all-in.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

You are pot-committed and you have top pair. You have to call $800 into a $2,800 pot. Getting much better than 2-1 at this stage of the tournament with top pair, you have to call. If you fold now you will be left with 1.5BB after the small blind. Now is as good a time as any to get it in.

  • Fold (16)
  • Call (84)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Your Hand
$4,000
Big blind
$5,000
1st
$3,600
2nd
$12,000
Cut-off
$1,900
Button
$7,500
$0
Pot
$0
Blinds
$400/$800

Question

You're in the late stages of an online, multi-table sit-and-go. In this hand, it’s folded around to the button who shoves all-in for $7,500.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Normally I don't advocate calling off your chips as it’s usually wiser to wait for a hand and use fold equity. But in this situation you have no choice. The button's pushing range is just so incredibly wide that you are waaaay ahead of most of it. Hence, I argue that you must call in this situation.

  • Call (86)
  • Fold (14)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, January 19, 2015

Your Hand
$400
Button
$740
Small blind
$1,000
Big blind
$120
1st
$25
$200
2nd
$190
3rd
$25
$500
4th
$890
5th
$209
6th
$680
Flop
Pot
$43
$43
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’re playing in a live $1/$2 No-Limit game at your local casino. In this hand the player from under the gun raises to $10 and players 3 and 5 call; you call in the cut-off, and the button and blinds fold. The flop comes T Q J. The under-the-gun player bets $25 and player 3 calls. Player 5 folds.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

This is not the time to be slow-playing. Though you flopped a straight, the board is dangerous. Any king has an open-ender to beat you and there are many set, two pair combinations. Raise this hand now to around $75 and hope to get it all-in.

  • Raise (69)
  • Fold (6)
  • Call (25)

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