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Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Sunday, September 21, 2014

Your Hand
$11,300
$1,200
4th
$8,300
0
5th
$9,320
Button
$12,230
Small blind
$15,000
$0
Big blind
$20,300
1st
$12,000
2nd
$3,540
Pot
$0
Blinds
$250/$500 $100 ante

Question

You're playing in the middle stages of an online MTT. Your image is one of the more aggressive at the table and it feels like the players on your left are ready to play back at you. In this hand you raise to $1,200 and the player directly on your left raises all-in for $8,300. It's folded to the player in the small blind who shoves for $15,000.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

It's an ugly spot but you have to call. You've got just more than 20bb and your opponent could be shoving a wide range. The small blind could have realized that and be looking to snap him off with something like JJ or AQ or sometimes even worse. You could also be flipping for a very large pot. So far away from the money you have to make this call. If you win the pot you have a big stack and if you lose, well, you're out.

  • Call (68)
  • Fold (32)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Saturday, September 20, 2014

Your Hand
$122
Button
$200
Small blind
$90
$420
Big blind
$220
1st
$230
2nd
$180
Flop
Pot
$122
$122
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online it's folded to you in the cut-off. You raise to $6 and a super-aggressive player in the small blind makes it $22. You make it $60 and he calls. The flop comes 3 J 8 and he bets $90.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

These spots are the worst but you simply can't do anything other than fold. You have no pair and just overcards and a backdoor flush draw. Fold and move on.

  • Fold (49)
  • Call (10)
  • Raise (40)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, September 19, 2014

Your Hand
$7,000
Small blind
$3,430
1st
$5,430
2nd
$11,320
3rd
$6,549
4th
$10,430
5th
$9,320
Cut-off
$22,430
Flop
Pot
$3,050
$3,050
Blinds
$150/$300

Question

You are playing an online satellite tournament. The top 100 players win seats into the WSOP Main Event. There are 700 players left currently. In this hand a player limps from middle position and you raise $1,300 to isolate. Everyone else folds and he calls. The flop comes J J 6. He checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check

This is not a great board to c-bet. Never is a pair going to fold and c-betting requires you to put far too much of your stack on the line. So check this flop and play poker on the turn.

  • Bet (69)
  • Check (31)

Question of the Day : No-limit Holdem – Thursday, September 18, 2014

Your Hand
$170
$30
1st
$80
2nd
$430
Cut-off
$200
$0
Button
$18
$250
Small blind
$320
Pot
$1
$1
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online a tight player raises in the cut-off to $6 and an aggressive three-bettor makes it $18 on the button. The small blind folds. You raise to $44 and the cut-off moves in. The button folds.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Fold

This is a spot where you have to fold. Cold four-betting and folding sounds really ugly but the idea was to get it in vs. the aggressive player on the button - not against the tight player in the cut-off. So when the cut-off five-bet shoves over a cold four-bet, your queens are no good and you should fold.

  • Fold (59)
  • Call (41)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Holdem – Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Your Hand
$170
Small blind
$220
Big blind
$350
1st
$400
2nd
$80
Cut-off
$182
Flop
Pot
$39
$39
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online it's folded around to the average-to-bad regular in the cut-off. He raises to $6 and you make it $18. The blinds fold and he calls. The flop comes J T 9 and he checks.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Bet $38

The bigger bet is by far your best choice. This is an extremely ugly board and there are definitely some queens in your opponent's range. Bet the full pot to charge any draws he may have.

  • Bet $20 (40)
  • Bet $38 (52)
  • Check (8)

Question of the Day : No-limit Holdem – Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Your Hand
$210
2nd
$840
3rd
$1,140
4th
$950
5th
$400
Cut-off
$900
Button
$1,420
Small blind
$3
$890
Big blind
$6
$1,333
Pot
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You're playing in a live $3/$6 Hold'em game at your local casino. The game is playing extremely aggressive and almost all pots are raised and multiway.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

This is a great spot for you to just call under the gun and shove over a raise once there are a few callers. It doesn't always work but you have a great stack size for it and the game conditions are perfect.

  • Call (45)
  • Raise $32 (17)
  • Raise $60 (8)
  • Raise $18 (29)

Question of the Day : No-limit Holdem – Sunday, September 14, 2014

Your Hand
$192
1st
80
2nd
$320
Cut-off
$200
Button
$9
$183
Small blind
$199
Flop
Pot
$13
$13
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

In your six-max game online it’s folded around to a player on the button who raises to $6. The small blind folds and you call in the big blind. The flop comes 3 4 Q. You check and he bets $9.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

If you’re going to be defending A-x suited in the big blind you absolutely have to make moves on certain flops. If you just play it for flush value or when you flop an ace, too often you're going to be check-folding or calling down with dominated aces. If, however, you make some moves you give yourself more ways to win. This flop is a decent enough one for you to make a move on. You have a gutshot and an overcard as well as a backdoor flush draw on a board your opponent is going to c-bet into with 100% of his range. A raise here will win you the pot very often, and when it doesn’t there are many cards that can improve your hand on the turn.

  • Fold (18)
  • Call (40)
  • Raise (42)

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