Question of the Day Archive

Question of the Day : Limit Hold'em – Saturday, February 28, 2015

Your Hand
$100
Small blind
$90
Big blind
$2
$60
1st
$20
2nd
$84
3rd
$100
4th
$120
5th
$75
6th
$100
Cut-off
$250
Flop
Pot
$11
$11
Blinds
$2/$4

Question

You’re playing in a $2/$4 Limit game at your local casino. Somehow it’s folded to you on the button and you raise to $4. The small blind folds and the big blind calls. The flop comes J T 4. Your opponent bets $2.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise

Despite having not made a pair yet, you have a fairly strong hand. You have two overcards as well as a gut-shot straight draw. You can raise now and your opponent is likely to smooth-call and check the turn. At that point you can decide whether to check through on the turn and take a free card or fire again should you hit one of your outs.

  • Raise (57)
  • Fold (2)
  • Call (41)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Your Hand
$48
1st
$230
2nd
$10
Button
$70
Small blind
$76
Flop
Turn
River
Pot
$44.25
$44.25
Blinds
25¢/50¢

Question

In an aggressive six-max game online it's folded to the cut-off who makes it $2. The button flat-calls. You squeeze out of the big blind to $8. The cut-off folds and the button calls. The flop comes 8 3 2. You bet $13 and he calls. The turn comes 2. You check; so does he. The river comes J.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check/call

This question is almost identical to yesterday’s; however, there is one difference. You are playing much smaller stakes. In this version you can almost guarantee your opponent is not as competent as the one playing the higher stakes. When playing smaller stakes, you need to be able to adjust. Your opponent can bet a wider range of hands on the river, from any pocket pair to an ace-high type hand that he may have called the flop with. Depending on the bet size, it’s likely a good idea to look a player up here. Often you will have the best hand.

  • Bet (31)
  • Check/call (51)
  • Check/fold (18)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Your Hand
$200
Small blind
$500
Big blind
$24
$170
1st
$500
2nd
$300
Cut-off
$170
Pot
$0
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’ve been playing solid for the last hour or so in your aggressive online six-max game. You’ve won a few pots without showdown but your image is not super laggy. Everyone folds to you. You raise to $8 from the button. The small blind folds and the erratic big blind raises to $24.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

The big blind, as noted, is erratic and this three-bet could be very wide. If you four-bet any size at all you are committed no matter what comes down anyway. So shove it all-in now – A-K is a hand that benefits from seeing all three streets. You are really only a big dog to AA, so get it in and hope for the best.

  • Raise all-in (21)
  • Fold (2)
  • Call (31)
  • Raise to $70 (46)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, February 23, 2015

Your Hand
$330
Big blind
$160
$310
1st
$350
2nd
$550
Cut-off
$800
Flop
Pot
$192
$192
Blinds
$2/$4

Question

Fairly tough six-max game online. The big blind is a pretty competent regular who can reraise light and is on the looser end of TAG-LAG spectrum. You make it $14 to go and he three-bets to $40. You four-bet to $95 with your J J and he flat-calls. The flop comes K 5 9. He donks $160.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

His line does not make sense here with almost any king. A-K would almost always have shoved in pre-flop; the same can be said for KK; and K-Q would not call your four-bet. So you are left with AA, QQ (unlikely again because would have shoved pre-flop), JJ, and smaller pocket pairs. If he had a hand like AA or a set, why wouldn't he check-shove? You are c-betting fairly often and that guarantees the money going in. His line just does not look like a hand that beats yours. Get it in now, despite the overcard, and hope for the best.

  • Fold (42)
  • Raise (7)
  • Call (12)
  • Raise all-in (38)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Monday, February 23, 2015

Your Hand
$250
Small blind
$270
Big blind
$400
1st
$20
$345
2nd
$190
Cut-off
$800
Flop
Pot
$36
$36
Blinds
$1/$2

Question

You’ve sat down at your computer and are playing in a six-max $1/$2 No-Limit game online. The under-the-gun player is a megafish. He plays around 70/15/1. In this hand he raises to $8 and everyone folds to you on the button. You elect to smooth-call and the blinds fold. The flop comes down 8 Q 6. Your opponent bets $20.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Call

Yes, you have a combo draw and yes, it’s usually correct to fast-play this type of hand. However, against this type of player I’d argue that flat-calling is best. For one, you have absolutely no fold equity. You should just call now and hope your draw hits, and punish him then.

  • Raise (39)
  • Fold (2)
  • Call (59)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Friday, February 20, 2015

Your Hand
$1,650
1st
$1,402
2nd
$8,000
3rd
$1,720
4th
$1,800
5th
$1,900
Cut-off
$250
$2,600
Button
100
$3,200
Small blind
50
$1,800
Pot
$150
$150
Blinds
$50/$100

Question

Later stages of an online sit-and-go. The play has been fairly aggressive with lots of stealing. In this hand it’s folded to the cut-off, who makes a raise to $250. The button and the small blind fold.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Raise all-in

This is the stage in a sit-and-go where most people accumulate chips. The cut-off is likely raising a wide range of hands. Your three-bet shove is a resteal; it’s not for value. Ideally you would like your opponent to fold. However, do not fret if you are called. You’re only a 42-58 dog, even against A-K.

  • Raise all-in (51)
  • Fold (12)
  • Call (37)

Question of the Day : No-Limit Hold'em – Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Your Hand
$800
Cut-off
$750
Button
$280
Small blind
$1,000
Big blind
$1,230
1st
$500
2nd
$800
Flop
Pot
$187
$187
Blinds
$2/$5

Question

You’re playing $2/$5 at your local casino. The game is very tight-aggressive, with no real marks. Everyone seems to be playing pretty decently. This hand there are 2 players on break. It’s folded to you and you raise to $30 pre-flop. It’s folded to the button, who reraises to $90 with $190 behind. It’s folded to you now and you decide to smooth-call. The flop comes 3 8 J.

What should you do?



Correct Answer: Check with the intention of raising

You elected to smooth-call the three-bet because the player was short-stacked and thus would be committed on most flops. Now is the time to let him hang himself. If he continuation bets, you can easily get it all-in and he will be priced in to call.

  • Check with the intention of raising (65)
  • Check with the intention of folding (2)
  • Bet (33)

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